Abdulmutallab Underwear Bomb Not The First - Saudi Anal Bomb Was
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Distasteful and frightening - an understandable reaction to the news that Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day Bomber, concealed explosives in his underwear and groin area. But Abdulmutallab was not the first. In September, an Al Queda operative exploded an anal bomb - an explosive device concealed in his rectum - fortunately, it did not happen on an airplane.
The incident occurred in Saudi Arabia, in September. The target, the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is in charge of Saudi Arabia's counter-terrorism efforts. The method according to investigators, a body or anal bomb, apparently concealed in the anal cavity - a bomb set off by remote control.
The bomber, an Al-Queda fugitive, who the BBC says was hiding in Yemen. Apparently he contacted Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and said he had given up terrorism and wanted to surrender in person.
It was at that meeting the bomb went off, obliterating the bomber but leaving the Prince unhurt.
Concealing drugs in anal cavities is not unusual but the Saudi Arabia anal bomb was the first know incident. Now, with the Christmas Day Bomb Scare it appears that concealing explosive devices in the groin and anal areas is worrisome reality. In the Saudi case, it seems the Al Queda terrorist was able to pass through security without the hidden explosives being detected.
The hidden device was assembled in Yemen, the Christmas Day bomber was trained in Yemen as well.
Officials, hope that these full body scans that are going to be implemented will help detect hidden explosives. Well, they are are pretty useless in detecting devices hidden inside body cavities.
Mother Jones has a great article documenting how from one angle these full body scans are well, scams.