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Spotlight on Qaeda master bombmaker over flight security

Published on Jul 3, 2014 11:33 PM

PARIS (AFP) - As fears rise over warnings of new explosives able to slip by standard airport security checks, eyes are turning to southern Yemen and one man in particular: master Al-Qaeda bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri.

Washington has warned that travellers flying to the United States from Europe and the Middle East are to face tighter airport checks after intelligence pointed to the new threat.

Officials have declined to say if a specific plot had been uncovered.

But experts say that if anyone could be behind the threat it's al-Asiri, a 32-year-old Saudi believed to be hiding out with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen's restive southern provinces.

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