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Bomb-maker is identified

THE man believed to have made the parcel bombs is Ibrahim Hassan Al Asiri, a Yemen-based terrorist described as one of the most ruthless and fanatical of all al-Qaeda's followers.

US intelligence officials say the detonator on one of the devices is almost exactly the same as one he is thought to have made for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Underwear Bomber.

Asiri is also believed to have constructed a bomb that was hidden in a body cavity of his brother who blew himself up trying to kill Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia's top counter-terrorism official, who survived that attack.

Sunday Independent