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Wily bomb maker fast in race with technology; informant ID'd device
Al Qaeda’s top bomb maker in Yemen is so ruthless that he recruited and equipped his own brother for an underwear-bomb suicide attack against a top Saudi royal in 2009.

“Even for al Qaeda, that’s cold,” said author Peter Bergen, who has studied the group since the late 1990s.

Now Ibrahim al-Asiri, 30, is suspected of making a new underwear bomb designed for use against a U.S.-bound airliner in a plot uncovered last month by U.S. and Saudi intelligence and thwarted within the past few days.
Posted by:Besoeker

#8  We're also assuming the brother didn't have a Hot wife. Or Wives. Murder and Dabauchery goes with Islam rather well.
Posted by: Charles   2012-05-09 16:23  

#7  And you need to eat properly beforehand.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2012-05-09 14:58  

#6  Perhaps I should have boldfaced the word 'capable' in my comment.

Carrying a high tech bomb of this kind to a target actually requires both smarts and calm temperament. You have to avoid either setting it off early or disabling it and you have to avoid arousing suspicion.

Posted by: Lord Garth   2012-05-09 14:54  

#5  getting your brother to wear the device is also a sign that capable recruits aren't easy to come by

For the truly pious, it would be the ultimate opportunity. Why not give that to your brother?
Posted by: gorb   2012-05-09 13:50  

#4  Some of these guys have so many brothers that they might actually want to get rid of a few.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-05-09 13:49  

#3  getting your brother to wear the device is also a sign that capable recruits aren't easy to come by
Posted by: Lord Garth   2012-05-09 12:53  

#2  Not at all. If they do not figure this out, they will never understand the enemy.

He made his brother a martyr.

Easy. Simple. Stupid, but the misdirected motivation is very easy to understand.
Posted by: gorb   2012-05-09 12:05  

#1  Equipped his own brother with a CAVITY bomb--that's deep freeze cold.
Posted by: Omoluque Hapsburg8162   2012-05-09 11:38