The Al Qaeda bombmaker thought to be behind the Yemen cargo bombs is so ruthless that he once slipped explosives inside his own brother's body to kill a Saudi prince.
His brother managed to get face to face with the prince before a text message triggered the device, but he killed only himself. The August 2009 plot was the latest failed attempt by a Saudi bombmaker so skilled, daring and prolific that success is probably just a matter of time.
Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, 28, known by his alias Abu Saleh, also is suspected of sewing explosives into the crotch of the briefs that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, wore onto a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day 2009.
"Based on the forensics analysis, it's [the same] individual who has been responsible for putting these devices together," said White House counterterrorism czar John Brennan.
Like the cargo bombs and the anti-prince device, the underwear bomb sailed past security, and 290 people would have died had Abdulmutallab not bungled the detonation.
Asiri and his younger brother, Abdullah, went to Yemen three years ago to join the increasingly dangerous Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Last year, he gave Abdullah a device containing about 3 ounces of PETN powder explosives to conceal inside his rear. The detonator was a chemical fuse that would elude metal detectors.
Abdullah posed as a penitent militant seeking to surrender in person to Prince Muhammed Bin Naif, the Saudi security minister who tries to reform terrorists.
Abdullah was flown on the prince's private jet to his palace. Bin Naif reportedly ordered guards not to hand-search the visitor in a show of trust.
The bomb went off inside Abdullah, triggered by a text message to his cell phone, CBS reported.
The prince suffered minor wounds. Abdullah was blown in half. And his brother set to work on more bombs.
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