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Thursday, August 10, 2006
London Air Bomb Design May Also Trace To Ramzi Yousef
As many have noted today, the thwarted plot to bomb U.S.-bound airliners appears to date back to Ramzi Yousef's Bojinka 1995 plot.
But the plot may not be the only thing. Yousef's notebooks -- seized in Manila after his arrest -- contained copious notes on the use of peroxide and hydrogen peroxide in liquid-based bombs with a conventional battery detonator.
The major media outlets were reporting late today that the bombs in the latest plot had a peroxide base.
Ramzi Yousef's bomb designs did not retire when he did. As recently as last year, Yousef's designs were being posted to jihadist Web forums.
One design in particular -- dating back to the 1994 Manila operation -- used a Casio digital watch as a detonator timer. The specific model was worn by numerous fighters captured in Afghanistan after September 11.
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