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Fruit Of The Boom: US On The Lookout For Terrorists Using Upgraded Underwear Bombs


Associated Press – “US security officials are on the lookout for upgraded underwear bombs containing a new type of explosive, it has been disclosed.

The revelation follows analysis of a bomb intercepted by a CIA operation in Yemen.

John Pistole, the US transportation security administrator, told an audience at a security forum in Aspen, Colorado that the device smuggled out by a double agent earlier this year was an upgrade from the underwear bomb carried by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on to a Detroit-bound airliner at Christmas 2009.

‘We found in the underwear plot, part 2 … that a different type of explosive had been used than the previous one,’ Pistole said.

‘So we have gone back and recalibrated all the equipment and we have been working with our canine to detect this different type of explosive.’

The CIA intercepted the new device earlier this year, thwarting an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a US-bound airliner a year after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The new model also had a more sophisticated trigger mechanism, an apparent attempt to fix the defect that burned the bomber but failed to ignite the bomb in the 2009 attack.” Source – The Guardian.

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