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UK-US airline bomb plotters

Part of Al-Qaeda
Center of GravityUnited Kingdom
Area of OperationPakistan
GoalTo bomb U.S.-bound airliners originating in the U.K.
LeaderAbu Obaidah al-Masri1
Core membership24
Narrative and Notes
ReliableTwenty-four suspects were detained in London and elsewhere in England on Aug. 10, 2006, in connection with an alleged plot to blow up several airliners flying from the United Kingdom to the United States.

One was quickly released.

Rashid Rauf was detained in Pakistan on Aug. 9, 2006. Several others were also detained in Pakistan.

Another suspect was arrested in the United Kingdom on Aug. 16, 2006.
1'Official: Al-Zawahri frequented attacked school.' The Associated Press: Oct. 31, 2006.
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