NBC and ABC each offered an update on radical Islamic militants. ABC's Brian Ross obtained Yemeni videotape from al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula that contained "what appears to be a farewell martyrdom statement" from Umar Farouk abdul-Mutallab: "The enemy is in your lands with their armies," he declared. abdul-Mutallab is the 23-year-old Nigerian who failed to blow up his underwear while traveling on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit last December. NBC's John Yang filed from Kabul on the declining enrolment of girls in Afghanistan's schools. In 2008, 40% of girls were attending schools, a total of 2.2m, up from 0.8m in 2001. Since then, Taliban guerrillas have embarked on a campaign of intimidation and attendance is declining. The Taliban's latest scheme was to attack three different schools in Kunduz Province with a toxic gas that sickened 83 schoolgirls.
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