'Human bomb' Frenchwoman a guinea pig

2012-05-23 20:15

Paris - A French radio station said Wednesday it had interviewed a woman who forced a transatlantic flight to be diverted after saying she had a "surgically implanted device", shortly before the incident.

Radio Africa No1 named the woman, arrested on a flight from Paris to the United States on Tuesday after handing a note to a flight attendant saying she had a device inside her, as Cameroon-born Frenchwoman Lucie Eko.

The station interviewed her on Monday about her book Guinea Pig, in which she alleges that while hospitalised in a French psychiatric institution in 2001 doctors implanted "foreign bodies" inside her, including a microphone.

Her skin and other organs were replaced by prosthetic devices that are invisible to medical instruments, she said.

Doctors pulled out her nails and teeth, and attached devices inside her ears and pieces of skin to her liver and nose, she added.

Following her release, she wrote her book in which she said: "I am a guinea pig, at their mercy, relentlessly persecuted day and night and pushed to the limits of suicide."

"I think there's a group of people, doctors, who do what they did to me," Eko said.

"They used me as a guinea pig... they put things inside my body," she said, adding that she did not know why they had done so.

No luggage

She told her interviewer that she no longer trusted French healthcare and so was travelling to the US the following day, Tuesday, for medical analysis.

The radio station's website said that their in-house psychologist tried to dissuade her from travelling to the US and that Eko's mother-in-law had contacted them after the arrest to confirm it was indeed her.

The US Airways jet with 179 passengers and crew on board landed safely in Bangor, Maine, where the woman was taken into custody by the FBI before the Boeing 767 continued its journey to Charlotte, North Carolina.

The woman was travelling alone with no checked baggage and said she was visiting the United States for 10 days.

The incident laid bare US worry over shifting tactics of extremists as they seek new ways - and new technologies, including non-metallic bombs - for landing a deadly blow against an American target.

A French police source told AFP on Wednesday that the suspect, whose name has not yet been officially confirmed, was unknown to police and appeared to be psychologically disturbed.

Read more on:    us airways  |  france  |  us  |  air travel  |  us terror threat
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

10 facts about swimming you didn't know

This will make you want to jump right into the pool.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Snors with a cause - creating awareness of male health
Inspiring: Rock climbing with just one leg
Watch! Skateboarders racing cyclists
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

TV Series – 2 for R299

Loads of hot titles to choose from. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Life can feel quite full on and overwhelming at the moment as the pressure of expectations and obligations start to pile up. You...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.