Arab Media Report AQAP Connection in Cargo Plane Bomb Plot
Several days after authorities in the UK and Dubai stopped an alleged plot to ship bombs via FedEx from Yemen to locations in the United States, Arab media outlets by and large reported that the plot was likely the work of AQAP.
Saudi Arabia’s al-Eqtisadiah compiled reports from Western media outlets. The paper cited a Reuters report that pointed the blame on Saudi citizen and chief AQAP bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri. In the same compilation, al-Eqtisadiah pulled reports from the French press that al-Asiri was the same bomb maker who manufactured the explosive device used by Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. “Asabi’a Al-Itiham Tatajih ‘ila Al-Saudi Ibrahim Hassan Asiri fi Qadiya Al-Turud Al-Mufakhakha Al-Murasila ‘ila Amrika,” Al-Eqtisadiah, October 31, 2010, http://www.aleqt.com/2010/10/31/article_463369.html.