Washington, May 9 (ANI): The would-be underwear bomber, who had to carry out an al-Qaeda plot to blow down a U.S.-bound airliner, was actually an Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informant, U.S and Yemeni officials have said.
Officials have said that the informant was working for the CIA and Saudi Arabian intelligence when he was given the bomb to carry out the blast.
According to the Daily Mail, he then handed over the bomb to the CIA agents.
The would-be suicide bomber, based in Yemen and believed to be working for Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso, one of America’s most wanted terrorists, had not yet picked a target or bought his plane tickets when the CIA stepped in and seized the bomb, officials said.
The explosion was to be carried out to mark the first death anniversary of killing of Osama bin Laden.
Officials, on condition of anonymity, said that the informant is safely out of Yemen. (ANI)