Philippines-US relations

US foils ‘underwear bomb’

The US government has foiled a plot by Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen to blow up an airliner and recovered an explosive device, but stressed the public was never in danger. BBC said the plan was to detonate an upgraded version of the failed 2009 “underwear bomb,” which is now in the possession of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The White House said President Barack Obama was informed about it last April. Authorities said the plot was discovered at an early stage. On Christmas Day in 2009, terrorists attempted – but failed – to blow up a US-bound plane using plastic explosives hidden in a Nigerian man’s underwear.

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