TODAY   |  December 27, 2009

Would-be bomber’s family speaks out

Dec. 28: CNBC’s Erin Burnett reports from Nigeria, where she visited the family of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man who attempted to set off a bomb on an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

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>>> thank you.

>> by the way the family of umar farouk abdulmutallab released a statement overnight saying quote -- r

>> cnbc's erin burnett is in abuja, nigeria, where she visited the family's compound. erin, clearly this came as a shock to the family. what do we know about this family?

>> reporter: well, it's pretty amazing shock and trauma would be the way i would describe it. over the past 18 hours visiting the compound there's been a procession of relatives and friends coming to pay their condolences, doctors have come and actually had to give sedatives to the father. so shock is definitely the right word to describe this. my understanding, matt, is that the son was somewhat estranged from the father. and i use that word "somewhat" in part because of what you just read from the family's statement. which is apparently this happened incredibly suddenly and the family said it was a dramatic change in behavior. now we do know that the son was referred to as alpha or islamic sklar when to school here. but then he was just dwoevout. since then, he became radicalized. and the family points a finger saying that the radicalization happened in london, saying we sent our sons there to be educated and they come back as radical muslims. so the blame is definitely being pointed. the son may have actually disowned his parents via a text message, which startled everyone here. because it would be incredibly unusual for a son to disown his parents in this society.

>> erin burnett in nigeria for us this morning, thank you