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CIA 'foils underwear bomb' plot by al-Qaeda in Yemen
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US intelligence officials say they have disrupted a plot by al-Qaeda in Yemen to detonate an upgraded version of the failed 2009 "underwear bomb", according to US media reports.

The device is said to be in US custody, with the FBI reportedly examining the bomb, which was seized by CIA agents.

Reports said no target had been chosen and no plane tickets purchased by the time the alleged plot was foiled.

There is no indication on the status of the would-be bomber.

It is not clear who built the device, but officials say it shares some features with the bomb sewn into the underwear of would-be suicide bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

Speaking to ABC News, a US intelligence official said the device bore "all the hallmarks" of the 2009 underwear bomb.

The latest device included a powerful industrial explosive and did not use metal, suggesting the bomb could have passed through airport security unnoticed, the Associated Press reports.

President Barack Obama was first informed of the plot in April, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, adding that the device did not pose a threat to the public.

News of the operation emerged shortly after US marked one year since the death of Osama Bin Laden. Last week, the White House said it was not aware of any current al-Qaeda plots against the US.

News of the alleged plot comes a day after Fahd al-Quso, a senior al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, was killed by a US drone strike.


Yemeni al-Qaeda leader 'killed in drone strike'


Fahd al Quso Fahd al-Quso was described as "a senior terrorist operative" and had a price of $5 million on his head
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