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Thu - 10 Oct 2019 - 08:11 PM ،،،

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  U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that al Qaeda’s top bomb-maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, believed to be the mastermind behind the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner in 2009, has been killed.

Trump said in a White House statement that al-Asiri was killed in 2017 in a United States counter-terrorism operation in Yemen.

Al-Asiri, one of the top U.S. militant targets, built explosives used in the failed 2009 Christmas Day bombing plot to take down an airplane over Detroit. He also built devices used in a disrupted plot to bomb U.S.-bound cargo jets by hiding the devices in printer cartridges in 2010.

“He also built an explosive device intended to be used against a passenger aircraft in 2012, and the device used in the attempted assassination of the former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” Trump said.

al-Asiri has been accused of recruiting his younger brother Abdullah as a suicide bomber for the failed attack on Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in Saudi Arabia.