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dinsdag, mei 08, 2012

Terrorist plot to attack plane foiled

  • NEW: The FBI says it has the improvised explosive device and is conducting analysis on it
  • NEW: The device, which was seized abroad, is similar to others used by al Qaeda
  • A plot sought to bomb an airliner around the anniversary of the Osama bin Laden raid
  • The plot was discovered before it threatened any airliners, an official says

Washington (CNN) -- U.S., Yemeni and other intelligence agencies broke up a plot to bomb an airliner around the anniversary of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a U.S. counterrrorism official said Monday.

The plot was discovered before it threatened any Americans, and no airliners were put at risk, the official said. A nonmetallic explosive device similar to the one used in the failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound jet in 2009 was recovered, the official said.

The FBI said an improvised explosive device was seized abroad and that it is conducting technical and forensic analysis on it.

The device is similar to others previously used by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which Western officials describe as al Qaeda's most dangerous affiliate, the FBI said.

A Yemeni official told CNN that his government was made aware of a possible attack tied to the anniversary. The target was not specific, the official said, and the alert went out to the United States and other partners in the war on terror.

The White House said President Barack Obama was told about the plot in April, and the attempt "underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism here and abroad."

CNN's Elise Labott and Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/07/world/meast/yemen-qaeda-plot/index.html?eref=edition

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