U.S. and international intelligence agencies have broken up an attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN on Monday.
"This is a success story," the U.S. official said, adding that an explosive device was recovered.
A U.S. counterterrorism official said the specific device was "non-metallic" and was made to be used by a suicide bomber on an airliner.
The device is different from what was used by the "underwear bomber" in 2009, but it was in the same category, the official said. Those changes show al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is adapting its tactics.
I wonder how long it will take before we found out that the govt. convinced some patsy to carry it out and supplied him with inert explosives?
UPDATE: I guess we didn't have to wait too long:
The device never presented a threat to public safety, and the U.S. government is working closely with international partners to address associated concerns with the device.