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Al-Qaeda underwear bomber 'was double agent'

Reports from the US say the would-be suicide attacker in a foiled "underwear bomb" plot was in fact a double agent.

US officials are quoted as saying that the person dispatched by Yemen-based al-Qaeda to attack a US-bound plane had infiltrated the group.

In an apparent intelligence coup, the agent left Yemen with the device and delivered it to the CIA.

Emily Buchanan reports.

  • 09 May 2012
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