Al-Qaeda Offshoot Takes Responsibility for Northwest Incident

Attempted bombing was payback for air strikes in Yemen, group says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 28, 2009 1:53 PM CST
This Dec. 2009 photo released by the U.S. Marshal's Service on Monday Dec. 28, 2009 shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Milan, Mich.    ((AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Service))
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(Newser) – A group known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack on a US airliner on Christmas Day, saying it was retaliation for a US operation against the group in Yemen. In a statement posted on the Internet, the group said 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of AQAP, as the organization is known.

Yemeni forces, helped by American intelligence, carried out two air strikes against al-Qaeda operatives in the country this month. The second one took place a day before the attempted bombing of the plane. The group said the would-be bomber used explosives manufactured by al-Qaeda members. AQAP is an alliance of militants based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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