Western officials fear terrorists will carry implanted bomb

By REUTERS
May 2, 2012 01:46




WASHINGTON - US and allied officials said they are increasingly concerned that doctors working with al-Qaida's Yemen-based affiliate will implant bombs inside living terrorists in order to try to circumvent airport security measures and bring down aircraft.

Earlier this year, a missile fired by a CIA-operated drone killed a Yemeni doctor who had devised medical procedures which could be used to surgically plant explosive devices in humans, several US officials told Reuters.

However, another individual, the expert bomb-maker who came up with this tactic survived a similar missile attack last year. Counter-terrorism agencies believe he is still engaged in active plotting against US and other Western targets.

Moreover, three US officials said counter-terrorism agencies report that other doctors in Yemen are prepared to surgically load bombs into the organs of militants.


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