US: Terrorists may try bomb implants to attack

By REUTERS
July 6, 2011 21:59

 
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WASHINGTON - Militants are showing renewed interest in using a bomb surgically implanted inside a passenger's body to blow up a commercial flight, though there is no indication an attack is imminent, a US security official said on Wednesday.

US authorities have warned their counterparts abroad as well as air carriers about new intelligence on this method and were taking steps to boost security.

"The Department of Homeland Security has identified a potential threat from terrorists who may be considering surgically implanting explosives or explosive components in humans to conduct terrorist attacks," the advisory to foreign counterparts said, according to the US security official.

Such a threat is likely to come from overseas rather than domestically, but precautions were being taken on both sides, the official said on condition of anonymity.

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