This is the ‘invisible bomb’ maker described by US officials as ‘an evil genius’ who could be a key player in looming air terror threats to the UK and America.
Chemistry student Ibrahim Al-Asiri, from Saudi Arabia, allegedly created devices that can be sewn inside the human body – and are virtually undetectable at airport security.
It’s these ‘stealth’ bombs which have sparked a worldwide airport security alert
The master explosives-maker first tried out his chilling tactics on his willing younger brother, Abdullah. Though the 22-year-old was killed, he did not hit his target.
‘Invisible bomb maker’: Chemistry student Ibrahim Al-Asiri, (pictured) from Saudi Arabia, created devices that can be sewn inside the human body – and are virtually undetectable at airport security
Alert: Families face a summer of travel chaos following a security alert over bombs that cannot be detected by airport scanners – and could face secondary checks at departure gates
Families face a summer of travel chaos following a security alert over bombs that cannot be detected by airport scanners.
Intelligence sources fear Al Qaeda is plotting to smuggle the devices on to planes travelling between Britain and America.
The explosives, which have no metal parts, could be hidden in clothes or surgically implanted inside a suicide bomber.
The technology is already thought to have reached British jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq. It is feared they will return to target flights leaving the UK.
The alert led to the number of sophisticated body scanners at British airports being raised from ten to 21 yesterday.