Al-Qaeda has prepared “dozens” more bombs like the one used by the young Nigerian Christmas Day bomber. The claim was allegedly made by the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terror cell in a message posted in its online magazine ‘al-Malamih.’
“We have dozens of sophisticated explosive devices which are similar to that used by the Nigerian,Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on the Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit,” said the message in ‘al-Malamih’.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in December it had provided Abdulmutallab with the explosive device he allegedly used to try to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with nearly 300 people aboard. “The plan was to blow up the plane as it approached Detroit, so that it would fall onto buildings below and kill the maximum number of Americans,” the message said.
“Four years ago, we began producing similar devices to that used by Umar Farouk,” the ‘al-Malamih’ message said. AQAP was officially formed in January 2009 from a merger of Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni and Saudi branches.
The explosive material used in the device concealed in the Nigerian’s underwear was ‘Pent’, it stated. Just four grams of the substance are needed to produce a major blast, it claimed.
“The reason we chose a flight that left from (the Dutch capital) Amsterdam, is that the Netherlands is a country that has offended the Koran and Islam,” the message stated. This may be a reference to late Dutch director Theo Van Gogh’s film ‘Submission’ which was aired on Dutch TV in 2004. Somali-born feminist AyaanHirsi Ali wrote the screenplay for the film, which sharply criticised domestic violence against Muslim women. A fatwa was issued against Hirsi Ali and Van Gogh, who was murdered by Dutch-Moroccan extremist Mohammed Bouyeri on 2 November, 2004. A death threat against Hirsi Ali was pinned to his body with a knife. AKI