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From Sky News
A new al Qaeda plot to blow up a US-bound aircraft using an underwear bomb has been foiled, American officials have said. The plan, which was to be carried out around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's killing by US forces, involved a sophisticated version of the device that failed to detonate on board a plane heading to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, they added.
The CIA thwarted the latest plan by al Qaeda's branch in Yemen and the new device has been recovered. The FBI is examining the bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an aircraft, officials said.
They said the device did not contain metal, which means it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have picked it up.
The would-be suicide bomber was told to buy a ticket on the airliner of his choosing and decide the timing of the attack. But he had not yet chose…
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