April 27, 2012
Top al-Qaida bomb maker in Yemen, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, resurfaces
WASHINGTON (AP) - When a drone strike killed one of the leaders of al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen[AQAP,,ed] last year, U.S. intelligence officials thought they also had wiped out the terrorist group's top bomb maker.There is a hellfire out there somewhere with his name on it.
Soon it became apparent that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the brains behind sophisticated bombs that have been used in attempts to attack the U.S., was still alive. A hunted al-Asiri went underground, knowing the U.S. was after him, particularly after the U.S. killed Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the Yemen group's top leaders.
But U.S. counterterrorism officials say he has resurfaced. They worry he might be at work doing what he does best: building bombs that could defeat airline security, The Associated Press has learned.