December 28, 2009
According to CNN, al Qaeda in the “Arabian Peninsula” has claimed responsibility for Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab’s thwarted attack, saying it was retaliation for the recent US attacks in Yemen.
CNN: In the statement, published on radical Islamist Web sites, the group hailed the “brother” who carried out the “heroic attack.” The group said it tested a “new kind of explosives” in the attack, and hailed the fact that the explosives “passed through security.”
The group threatened further attacks, saying, “since Americans support their leaders they should expect more from us.”
“We have prepared men who love to die,” the statement dated Saturday said.
Part of the explosive device was sewn into AbdulMutallab’s underwear and he had enough PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) to blow a hole in the fuselage – he was sitting next to the window.
PETN was used by Richard Reid aka the shoe bomber and also in a bombing attack on the Saudi Deputy Minister of Interior, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, in August, claimed by al Qaeda in Yemen. The prince survived – the bomber did not. The explosive was secreted in his underwear as well.
Cellphone photo of authorities removing AbdulMutallab from the plane.