US Foils Al-Qaida Airliner Bomb Plot

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say they have stopped an al-Qaida bomb plot intended to destroy an airliner heading for the United States.

Authorities in Washington say the al-Qaida branch in Yemen intended to put a suicide bomber aboard a U.S.-bound jet and have him detonate explosives hidden in his clothing.

They say the plot was detected and the bomb was seized before any plane was at risk.

One account from Associated Press says the would-be attackers developed a sophisticated underwear bomb, and that they were planning to execute the plot last week to mark the anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year.