Trump confirms al Qaeda bomb-maker is dead

  • Trump confirms al Qaeda bomb-maker is dead

Trump confirms al Qaeda bomb-maker is dead

President Trump on Thursday confirmed for the first time that Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al Qaeda bomb maker tied to the Christmas Day "underwear" plot from a decade ago, was killed in 2017 during a counterterrorism operation in Yemen.

Asiri, a Saudi national, was reputed to have made the so-called underwear bomb used in a failed attempt to bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day in 2009.

Last month, the White House confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, a high-ranking al Qaeda member and son of slain terror leader Osama bin Laden, was killed in a USA -led counterterrorism operation.

Asiri's death had been reported by USA defence and other sources in August 2018, but this was the first official confirmation of his death.

"Al-Asiri's death significantly handicapped al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula", Mr. Trump said. It has been changed to reflect the bomb maker is dead.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that al-Qaeda's top bombmaker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, believed to be the mastermind behind the failed bombing of a U.S. -bound airliner in 2009, has been killed.

In that attempt, 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian citizen, tried to detonate an underwear bomb, which the White House confirmed was built by al-Asiri, on a passenger jet as it flew over Detroit, Michigan, from Amsterdam.

However, the bomb failed to explode and Abdulmutallab was tackled to the ground by a fellow passenger. However, the bombs were found while the planes were making stopovers in the United Kingdom and Dubai.

According to CNN, al-Asiri perfected miniaturized bombs with no metal content, meaning that they could easily go undetected during airport security screenings.

He is also believed to have built an explosive device meant to be used against a passenger aircraft in 2012.