Al-Qaeda May Have Invented Explosive Clothing: Report
From same guy behind the underwear bomb
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2013 6:35 PM CDT
Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who constructed the first underwear bomb and two others that al-Qaida built into printer cartridges and shipped to the U.S. on cargo planes in 2010.   (AP Photo/Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior, File)

(Newser) – From the mastermind behind the underwear bomb, US officials now fear a new couture-based weapon: clothes dipped in liquid explosives. ABC News says senior government officials heard about the potential new threat at a briefing on yesterday's embassy closures. Two officials present at the meeting say the explosive clothes would be undetectable by current security measures. "It's ingenious," says one of them.

The technique is believed to have been developed by Ibrahim al-Asiri, who is also thought to be behind "body bombs." Al-Asiri, a member of al-Qaeda affiliate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is one of 25 people named by the Yemeni government today as the country's top terrorists. The government has put a bounty of $23,000 for any information leading to any of their arrests.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Aug 6, 2013 9:05 PM CDT
Wouldn't it be simpler to just shove a stick of dynamite up your ass with a timer? Trouble is, some would like it so much they would want to be able to do it more than once!
HANKHILL
Aug 6, 2013 7:45 PM CDT
time for all nude airlines! make it fun to fly again!
HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 6, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
Wasn't exploding clothes another Mythbuster episode? It happened in New Zealand as they were using sodium chlorate as weed killer. You know that some of it will wind up on clothing and thus the exploding pants saga. The chlorate was used mainly on ragwort because cows and horses who ate it died rather quickly. So when Richard Buckley's drawers blew up on the line, he knew it had to be the spray and it turned out it was. It was rather simple, just soak a piece of clothing made with an organic material and in no time it reacts and forms a low level explosive. So the modern nitrate sniffer will not detect this material. But there's no guarantee it will be a big threat to air travel either. I guess you could jam a duffel bag full of it and then it may blow up somewhat. But the FAA and TSA need to research it. It would also not be hard to make a detector that goes along with the nitrate sensors they now have. There is no doubt though that if someone sets off their clothes on a flight, it would be a huge incident, which is really what Al Qaeda wants anyway.