Yemen arrests bomb plot suspect, but clues lead to AQAP bombmaker
Yemen officials arrested a suspect Saturday in the alleged plot to mail bombs to two synagogues in Chicago, but clues also lead to a bombmaker for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), reports say.
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But the suspect is likely a minor player in the plot and US officials and investigators say they suspect the top leadership of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to be behind the attack. They also say a Yemeni Al Qaeda bombmaker implicated in previous attacks, including the one on Christmas Day last year, is likely behind the explosive devices. The bombs were discovered Friday after Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief warned US officials about the plot.
The woman’s lawyer told Reuters that she was a quiet student whose acquaintances said she was not involved in any “religious or political” groups. "I'm concerned the girl is a victim, because it doesn't make sense that the person who would do this kind of operation would leave a picture of their ID and their phone number,” he said.
Clues point to AQAP bombmaker
Asiri is suspected in two previous attempted terrorist attacks: one attempted by the “underwear bomber,” a Nigerian man allegedly trained in Yemen who attempted to detonate explosives on a flight to Detroit on Christmas Day last year, and the other an unsuccessful attempt to kill Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief with a suicide bomber (who was Asiri’s brother).