US designates al-Qaida bomb maker as a terrorist

AP News
Posted: Mar 24, 2011 11:42 AM
US designates al-Qaida bomb maker as a terrorist

The U.S. has designated as a terrorist an al-Qaida bomb maker suspected of involvement in trying to assassinate a Saudi prince and bring down a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009.

The State Department banned Americans from doing business with Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri.

A statement called al-Asiri the primary bomb maker for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

In October, Al-Asiri's brother wounded Prince Muhammed bin Nayef, deputy Saudi interior minister, after setting off explosives hidden in a body cavity.

The U.S. said "the brutality, novelty and sophistication of the plot" dramatizes al-Asiri's threat.

Al-Asiri is suspected of packing explosives into the underwear of a Nigerian who tried to blow up the Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009, and making the bombs found on U.S. cargo planes last year.

Al-Asiri operates from Yemen.