On the eve of the second anniversary of the Christmas Day underwear bomber, a man who helped stop the would-be bomber before he could blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit is suing for $10 million. Theophilus Maranga, a Dutchess County resident, has filed the lawsuit against thwarted terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Delta Air Lines, and Air France-KLM. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, Maranga says he “risked his life” by jumping on Umar Faroul Abdulmutallab after the Nigerian student lit his shorts on fire.
Maranga, who appears to be an attorney in Wappinger's Falls, claims the airlines were negligent to let Abdulmutallab aboard, and he says he sustained numerous injuries in the scuffle. The heroic act left him with "injuries to the ribs, permanent numbness in the hands, pain in the neck... and removal of a tooth," according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the Post.
After the attempted bombing, President Obama described the incident was "a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had," and that "the system has failed" in a major way. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is currently awaiting sentencing after admitting he tried to blow up the plane; he faces life in prison.