"This will confirm for the first time that Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qaeda bomb maker and terrorist coordinator, was killed two years ago in a United States counterterrorism operation in Yemen", the assertion stated.
Washington had long sought al-Asiri, a Saudi-born militant with al-Qaeda's Yemen branch who was known for his ability to create hard-to-detect bombs, including some implanted in suicide bombers.More news: Having a Dog Significantly Lowers Your Risk of Death, Scientists Say
The President did not reveal details of the operation which took out al-Asiri, nor did he explain why he has now chosen to make the news public.
The Saudi Arabian native was the mastermind behind the "underwear bomb" attempt to detonate a flight above the skies of Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.More news: Ex-Ecuador president wants new vote, denies planning coup
However, the bomb failed to explode and Abdulmutallab was tackled to the ground by a fellow passenger.
Al-Asiri, who studied chemistry in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, had also designed bombs disguised as printer cartridges that al-Qaeda attempted to send to the U.S. via cargo planes in October of 2010.
Trump's statement said that al-Asiri also built an explosive device meant to be used against a passenger aircraft in 2012, and the device used in the attempted assassination of the former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.More news: Industrial output contracts 1.1% in August; manufacturing shrinks
His specialty was making bombs that were small enough to get past security at airports.
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