Published On: Mon, May 7th, 2012

US stops bomb plot on anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death


The US has thwarted a plot by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy an airliner using a bomb around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden,  the country’s National Security Council has confirmed to Al Jazeera.

US media reports on Monday said the plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on December 25, 2009.

President Barack Obama “was assured that the device did not pose a threat to the public,” National Security Council deputy spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

Obama, who had been informed of the plot in April, had however directed agencies “to take whatever steps necessary to guard against this type of attack” and had been regularly briefed by his national security team.

Separately, the Department of Homeland Security said there was no active plot against the US at this time.

“We have no specific, credible information regarding an active terrorist plot against the US at this time,” DHS spokesman Matt Chandler said.

This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaeda developed a more refined detonation system, US officials said.

The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could ha