FBI experts are studying an unexploded bomb created by al Qaeda which was intended to blow up an airliner bound for the United States around the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.
A covert CIA operation in Yemen thwarted the suicide mission. The would-be suicide bomber, based in Yemen, had not yet picked a target or purchased plane tickets when the CIA seized the bomb, officials say.
Bomb experts at the FBI’s laboratory at Quantico, Va., are examining the device to determine if it could have slipped past airport security and taken down a commercial jet.
The device did not contain metal, meaning 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 detected it.