Threat of airliner attack reported

July 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- A Yemeni al-Qaida terrorist plot to attack an airliner, coinciding with the Olympic Games in London, has been reported, sources said Monday.

The bomber recruited is a Norwegian convert to Islam, believed to be in his 30s, CBS News reported Monday.

John Miller, former deputy director of National Intelligence, said of al-Qaida's Yemen branch: "They were the architects of the first underwear bomb. They were the architects of the ingenious printer bomb, which was interdicted before it could go off, and I think what we're seeing once again is they've tried to put a bomb on a person and get them on a plane."

Using a Norwegian matches al-Qaida's efforts to find operatives who do not fit the profile of terrorists for whom Western intelligence organizations typically search, Miller said.

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