CIA Foils Al Qaeda Bomb Plot Against U.S. Inbound Jet On Bin Laden Death Anniversary

On Monday afternoon, the Associated Press tweeted that the Central Intelligence Agency foiled an attempted terror attack by Al Qaeda agents against an inbound passenger jet around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

The AP tweeted this alert on Monday afternoon:

Moments later, the AP posted this update:

U.S. officials say the plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also built to be used in a passenger’s underwear but contained a more refined detonation system.

The would-be suicide bomber was told to buy a ticket on the airliner of his choosing and decide the timing of the attack. It’s not immediately clear what happened to the would-be bomber.

Osama bin Laden was killed in an overnight raid on May 1, 2011. On the one year anniversary of that operation, President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on the anniversary of the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden to address the troops about the future of the United States’ military engagement in South Asia.

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