Plane terrorists planning to use bombs implanted in skin -- US
Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00
Terrorists could use surgically implanted explosives to carry out attacks on aircraft, the US government has warned.
Intelligence suggests that terrorists are planning to use high explosives hidden under the skin that could be detonated when injected with another chemical.
While there is no information about a specific plot, US officials have picked up suggestions that the method could be used against Western targets. They have warned transport officials in other countries to be on guard.
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) called for airports to be more vigilant in their checks to detect home-made explosives hidden under the skin such as PETN, which Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, tried to use in 2001.
"These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same activity at every international airport," said Nick Kimball, a spokesman for the TSA.
"Measures may include interaction with passengers, in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat-downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies."
Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said: "Terrorists have been looking for other ways to circumvent security measures in order to target aircraft. It's not at all surprising."
Britain and the US have been on high alert for revenge attacks after American special forces killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout May.
Meanwhile, Somali man Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, accused of terrorism and brokering arms deals with al-Qa'ida, has been flown into New York to face charges, after being secretly interrogated for two months on a US warship. (© Daily Telegraph, London)