Al Qaeda non-metallic bomb plot shows sophistication, says security expert

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TERRORISTS are developing bombs with detonation systems which cannot be detected by airport X-ray screening, seen in the latest foiling of the early stages of Yemen-based al Qaeda group plot to destroy a US-bound or other Western country using an updated underwear bomb, said aviation expert Andrew Thomas.

The assistant professor at the University of Akron claims that the device shows a refined approach to building bombs that can pass through airport security systems. This means that a focus on uncovering plots rather than stopping devices coming through will be essential, Mr Thomas said.

"The good news is that the intelligence network seemed to do a better job in terms of being able to thwart the individual who had the bomb on them which means that our intelligence agencies the airport security folks are spending more time looking for bad people then simply trying to stop bad things from getting through."

The device never presented a direct threat to public safety, said a statement from the FBI which is examining the device in the US after leaving the Yemen.

Using commercial aircraft for terrorist activity is not going to stop being a target. "So as long as theirs been commercial airliners flying in the skies there's been people looking to blow them up."

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