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Senior al-Qaeda Leader Killed And Underwear Bomb Plot Foiled by US

An al-Qaeda leader in Yemen wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the American warship USS Cole has been killed in an air strike, officials say.

Witnesses say he was hit by a missile as he stepped out of a vehicle, along with another al-Qaeda militant, in a remote mountain valley in the southern province of Shabwa.

The strike, which was reportedly carried out by the CIA with the authorisation of the Yemeni government, came after an extended surveillance operation.

The US had offered a $5m (£3.1m) reward for information leading to Quso's capture or death.

A US official welcomed the death of the "senior terrorist operative". He told AFP that Quso had been planning further attacks against the US and Yemen.

The USS Cole was attacked in October 2000 while it was moored near the southern Yemeni port of Aden. Militants in a boat packed with explosives blew a hole in the destroyer's side, killing 17 US sailors and wounding 40.

In April 2003, Quso was being held by the Yemeni authorities in connection with the attack when he escaped. He was recaptured 11 months later, but was released from prison early in 2007 despite US protests.

US 'foils new underwear bomb plot' by al-Qaeda in Yemen

The device was seized abroad by intelligence operatives and is now being studied by the FBI in the US.

Reports say no target had been chosen and no plane tickets purchased by the time the alleged plot was foiled.

Officials say there was never any risk to the public. It is not clear what has happened to the would-be bomber.

The device is similar to a bomb sewn into the underwear of a Nigerian man who tried and failed to set it off over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

US officials told Reuters news agency the device had been seized within the last 10 days.

"As a result of close co-operation with our security and intelligence partners overseas, an improvised explosive device (IED) designed to carry out a terrorist attack has been seized abroad," the FBI said in a statement.

"Initial exploitation indicates that the device is very similar to IEDs that have been used previously by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in attempted terrorist attacks, including against aircraft and for targeted assassinations," it added.

Added: May-8-2012 Occurred On: May-8-2012
By: 3p0cHx
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Tags: Yemen, al-Qaeda, CIA, drone, bomb, underwear, explosive, IED, Hellfire,
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