Al-Qaida in Yemen claims attempted attack on US airliner

Al-Qaida in Yemen claims

December 28, 2009 22:10

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack on a US airliner on Christmas day, saying it was retaliation for a US operation against the group in Yemen. In a statement posted on the Internet on Monday, the group said 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the group. Yemeni forces, helped by US intelligence, carried out two airstrikes against al-Qaida operatives in the country this month. The second one was a day before the attempted bombing of the plane. The group said the would-be bomber used explosives manufactured by al-Qaida members. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is an alliance of militants based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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