Report: Saudi intelligence, CIA infiltrated Yemeni al-Qaida

May 9, 2012 05:27

WASHINGTON - A bomber from the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen sent to blow up a US-bound airliner last month was actually a double agent who infiltrated the group and volunteered for the suicide mission, US media reported on Tuesday.

Working closely with the CIA, Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency placed the operative inside al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, with the goal of convincing his handlers to give him a new type of non-metallic bomb for the mission, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Western intelligence agencies have identified AQAP as among the most dangerous and determined al-Qaida affiliates in the world, dedicated in part to attacks on the West.

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