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UK & US Embassies In Yemen Closed Over Terrorist Threat

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/03/2010 by securityscene

Anti-Terrorism Unit In YemenThe US embassy has been closed over ongoing threats from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The embassy in Sana, Yemen has issued a statement “The US embassy in Sana’a is closed… in response to ongoing threats by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack American interests in Yemen,”.  Yemeni staff at the embassy have been told to stay at home.

United States and British officials have said that they are going to be working closely with the Yemeni Government to help expand military and intelligence co-operation between the countries, in the hope to increase pressure on al Qaeda in the region.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also announced that he has called for a summit of World leaders in London to discuss the problems in the Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, suffering from Civil War and Muslim radicals.

Downing Street has also committed, alongside the US, to funding a counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen to help a government and police force that is currently overstretched and unable to successfully combat terrorism.

Terrorist problems within Yemen have been known to security services for some time. The Christmas Day attempted bombing of a US flight from Amsterdam, arranged by al-Qaeda bosses in the Yemen area and carried out by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, highlights the need for further commitment and action from the UK and the United States.

UPDATE

Shortly after the United States confrimed that it had closed it’s embassy in Yemen over terrorist threats, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has also said that it’s embassy in the capital Sanaa has also been closed “for security reasons”.

Last week a group in the region, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, urging Muslims to help in “killing every crusader who works at their embassies or other places”.

It has not been made clear when either of the countries embassies in the lawless country of Yemen will re-open.
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Obama Publicly Links Airline Bomber With al-Qaeda

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

United States President Barack Obama has today for the first time publically linked the 23 year old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with the International terrorist network al-Qaeda.

During his weekly radio and internet address to the people, he said that, the would-be suicide bomber was trained and equipped for his failed mission by an al-Qaeda affiliate while in Yemen.

“The investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we’re learning more about the suspect.

“We know that he travelled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies.

“It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and that this group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.” The President said.

He also said that there had been “human and systemic failures”, these failures had allowed the Nigerian to board the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit despite being on a terror watchlist.

Obama has also called a meeting with American Intelligence Chiefs for next week, this to discuss options and strategies to stop further attacks and airline bombings.

The terror suspect was able to pass through security checks at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport whilst having explosives attached to his thigh and underpants.

Passengers and crew were able to subdue Abdulmutallab as he tried to detonate the mixture of powder and liquid while the plane was landing.

While the mixture failed to detonate he was left with third degree burns as it and the immediate area of the plane caught fire.

See Also;
Airport Body Scanner To Be Installed At Schiphol Airport
Umar Farouk Adbul Mutallab – Airline Bombing Attempt
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Umar Farouk Adbul Mutallab – Airline Bombing Attempt

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/02/2010 by securityscene

Umar MutallabOn Christmas day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in the United States of America.

The 23 year old had earlier taken a flight from Nigeria to Amsterdam where he then boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit, Michigan.

Umar Mutallab was seen to spend about 20 minutes in the aircrafts bathroom as the plane approached Detroit, he told passengers and crew that he was having stomach problems and he covered himself with a blanket.

As the plane was beginning its decent those nearby heard popping noises and smelled a foul odour, others noticed that Mutallab’s trouser leg and the wall of the aircraft were on fire, he confirmed to concerned crew members that he had an “explosive device” in his pocket.

Brave crew and passengers tackled the man and managed to subdue him while fire extinguishers were used to douse the flames. The aircraft made a safe landing at its destination airport.

Mutallab was promptly arrested and removed by US Authorities; he was taken to hospital where he was treated for severe burns. Reports have stated that while under custody, Umar Mutallab told authorities that he had been instructed by al Qaeda, he obtained the device in Yemen, along with instructions from al Qaeda on how to use it. This claim has since been backed up by an al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen claiming responsibility for the attack.

Umar had managed to smuggle in the explosive device by stitching it into the inside of his underpants, a syringe was also brought onto the aircraft and was used to add another ingredient to the explosive mixture.

The mixture created a lethal amount of the explosive PETN (Pentaerythritol Explosive), an effective but fairly unstable explosive that can be made with some simple ingredients and little knowledge.

Shortly after the incident it was shown that the terrorist suspect had recently been a student at University College London, having completed a degree in Engineering. This connection with the United Kingdom started an investigation by British Counter Terrorism agencies including the raiding of an apartment where the accused was said to have lived as a student. Information is now appearing to show that he was radicalised during his time in the UK.

The US Government has also confirmed that the name Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab had been brought to their attention. The young man’s own father, a millionaire Nigerian banker described by The Times as “one of the richest men in Africa”, had gone to the US Embassy in Nigeria to advice them of his sons growing radical opinions, he name was put onto a watch list, but not added to the no fly list that would have stopped him boarding the plane to the US.

The aftermath of the attack caused airports Worldwide to increase security, especially on flights to the United States.  In an attempt to further combat the threat from attacks on aircraft airports and other travel terminus across the world are installing full body scanners, effectively subjecting all passengers to a virtual strip search without being as intrusive as the real thing – see our article about full body scanners.

Umar is currently being held in the Federal Correctional Institution Milan, in Milan, Michigan. He has been charged with bringing a destructive device onto, and attempting to destroy a US civil aircraft.

Much information is becoming available about this case on a daily basis; we will bring you more details as they become available.

Bomb Sewn Into Underpants