Another Underwear Bomb incident prevented

Government officials have seized a bomb that is similar to the one that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to use to blow up a plane in December of 2009. The device was discovered as part of a CIA operation in Yemen, and it is now being analyzed by the FBI in Virginia.

The bomb bears distinct indicators that it was made by Ibrahim al-Asiri, a Saudi militant who also created the device that was used in the 2009 bombing attempt. Initial examination reveals that this device had no metal parts and there is a good chance that it would have defeated both metal detection and body scanners at airport security. Though the trip had not been finalized, a bomber had been selected and he was planning to board an American-bound flight with the device.

 

Source: “Underwear bombs: Not this time” Posted May 8th 2012, 10:46 on economist.com

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Chris Dorn has worked in the field of school safety since the age of 14 when he became famous for his concealed weapons demonstration at school safety conferences around the nation. Today he works with schools across the country to improve safety, security and emergency preparedness.
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