Woman Arrested in Yemen Plane Bomb Plot While Bomb-Maker Identified But Still At Large
October 31, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – Two days after explosives were intercepted on a cargo flight out of Yemen, a 22-year-old female medical student has been arrested. Hanan al Samawi, was traced through a phone number left with a cargo company, and was arrested in Yemen on suspicion of posting the packages containing bombs found on two cargo jets in Dubai and Britain. Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s president, said the information that identified her was provided by the US and the United Arab Emirates. The bomb intercepted in Britain on its way to America was possibly designed to explode in mid-air and may have been targeted at the UK, according to a Daily Telegraph source.
The hunt is also on for Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a 28-year-old bomb mastermind working with al Qaeda’s Yemen branch. Asiri is linked to both this plot and last year’s failed Christmas Day underwear bomber attack. Both devices contained the explosive chemical PETN. Born in Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim fled to neighboring Yemen two years ago with his brother Abdullah. Ibrahim according to the Daily Telegraph, later used his own younger brother, Abdullah, 23, to act as the “martyr” in an attempt on the life of the Saudi Deputy Minister of the Interior, Prince Muhammad Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. Abdullah, who is believed to have been brainwashed into believing in jihadist ideology by his brother, gained a private audience with Prince Muhammad in his office, and then detonated a bomb hidden in his own body. It failed to kill the prince but killed Abdullah. US and British security officials believe Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born figurehead of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was the mastermind behind the foiled attack.