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Yemen arrests bomb plot suspect, but clues lead to AQAP bombmaker

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Yemeni authorities Saturday arrested a student suspected of mailing the bombs addressed to two synagogues in Chicago and intercepted Friday in Dubai and Britain.

But the suspect is likely a minor player in the plot and US officials and investigators say they suspect the top leadership of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to be behind the attack. They also say a Yemeni Al Qaeda bombmaker implicated in previous attacks, including the one on Christmas Day last year, is likely behind the explosive devices. The bombs were discovered Friday after Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief warned US officials about the plot.

Reuters reports that the suspect, a female medical student at Sanaa University, was found through the telephone number she apparently gave when she mailed the packages. Her mother was also detained.

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The woman’s lawyer told Reuters that she was a quiet student whose acquaintances said she was not involved in any “religious or political” groups. "I'm concerned the girl is a victim, because it doesn't make sense that the person who would do this kind of operation would leave a picture of their ID and their phone number,” he said.


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