Al Qaeda Threat: Officials Fear Undetectable Liquid Explosive
The recent Al Qaeda threat that closed embassies and prompted a travel warning is now believed to be related to an undetectable liquid explosive.
According to two unnamed senior US intelligence officials, the Obama administration fears that the terrorist organization could use a new generation explosive undetectable by today’s x-ray machines.
The two officials were briefed on the threat that led to the closing of several embassies around the Muslim world.
Ever since the Christmas Day bombing in 2009, authorities have feared liquid explosives as a possible means for an attack.
This new “ingenious” substance, as it’s being called, would allow terrorist to dip clothing in it and still be able to detonate it when dry.
One official said that the liquid would not be detected with the current security measures in place at airports.
The new liquid, feared in the threat, is believed to have been developed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen and home to the terrorist Ibrahim al-Asiri.
Al-Asiri is suspected to be behind several devices used in attacks against the US and other western targets, including the underwear bomb and surgically implanted body explosives.
The Yemeni government listed al-Asiri as one of the top 25 most wanted terrorists in Yemen on Tuesday and offered the equivalent of $23,000 for information leading to the capture of any of them.
Last month, John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shared details about a new an improved underwear bomb that was “possibly” discovered by TSA screenings.
According to reports the bomb was given to a double agent, who turned it into authorities last year.
The TSA declined to comment about the new possible liquid explosive, saying that they have measures which are seen and unseen to protect the public.
What do you think about the new Al Qaeda threat? Will you change your summer plans due to the new reports about a liquid explosive?