1. investigators shed light on underpants bomber's evil plot
BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhuanet)-- In search for clues to the foiled Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound plane, part of an explosive device was found sewn into the underwear of the Nigerian suspect, according to media reports quoting a U.S. law enforcement official on Monday.
The U.S. security authorities have focused their investigation on how AbdulMutallab, 23, smuggled the explosives aboard the flight. BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO DO THIS WITHOUT NOTICING THE ISRAELI SECURITY FIRM ICTS THAT PASSED HIM THROUGH OR THE SHARP DRESSED MAN IN AMSTERDAM WHO DEALT WITH THE PASSPORT PROBLEM. - ed.
read more @ chinaview, see pictures of the underpants, syringe, explosives
2. plot suspect still in Yemen -- new picture of the suspect -- he is master of disguises
SANAA - YEMEN confirmed on Tuesday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who has been charged with trying to blow up a US-bound airliner, was still in the country earlier this month, after the local Al-Qaeda branch claimed the attempted bombing.
'He stayed in Yemen between the beginning of August and the beginning of December, after having received a visa to study Arabic at an institute in Sanaa where he had previously studied,' a Yemeni foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Saba news agency.
The spokesman did not provide details on Abdulmutallab's previous stay in Yemen, saying only that Yemen gave him a visa after security officials were 'reassured that he had been granted visas by friendly countries, and still held a valid visa to the US, where he had visited before.' Abdulmutallab, 23, is a Nigerian Muslim and the son of a wealthy banker.
US security officials have told the media that he is suspected of receiving training from Al-Qaeda. But the US government has been cautious about linking the failed attack to Osama bin Laden's network. His family has said he travelled to Yemen, where he cut ties with them.read more @ straits times
3. 20 al Qaeda SUSPECTS arrested in Yemen - probably a bunch of locals
SANAA, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Yemen had arrested 29 suspected al-Qaeda members and will continue to hunt down other members of the terror network, government officials said Monday.
Al-Qaeda had planned to attack oil facilities, government buildings and the British embassy, said Yemen's National Security Chief Ali Mohammad Al-Ansi.
Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdullah Al-Kurbi said the recent months have seen enhanced cooperation between his country and the United States, and the U.S. information had been a "key element" in Yemen's anti-terror operations.
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4. meanwhile in Africa, police clamp down on NEW extreme Islamic sect in Nigeria, though to be honest it has existed for many decades and is probably just some working people who are pissed off well anyway they're dead now so we can consider them terrorists
According to eyewitnesses, over 37 people may have been killed in the altercation that ensued on Sunday and Monday, between the Nigerian police forces and the members of the Kala koto Muslim sect.
Locals in the Bauchi state of Nigeria where the sect originated had complained of the open-air preaching of the Kala Koto group and how they incited violence in their sermons.
A Bauchi resident was quoted by AFP news as saying: "Members of the group had a fiery preaching session yesterday night during which they attacked government and Western education." The group was described as a non-conformist Muslim sect made up of traders, laborers and other working people.
As the mood of their preaching became aggressive, locals alerted the police because public incitation of violence and aggression was banned in the state of Bauchi after the terror created by Boko Haram in June.
The shooting between the police force and the Muslim group began on Sunday. The police forces retreated, and returned in great number. Bauchi State police chief Atikur Kafur said: "All in all, 38 people were killed including a soldier and two innocent neighbours. Among those killed is the leader of the sect," identifying him simply as Malam Badamasi. "We made 20 arrests, including nine adults and 11 juveniles, while 14 were injured," he told journalists.
Members of the Kala Koto group armed themselves with machetes to do battle with the armed police and soldiers. Some reports have said that a Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been deployed to restore civility.
According to reports, Kala-Kato, has existed in several parts of northern Nigeria for many decades. A religious uprising triggered by its members in 1980 in the northern city of Kano and in Yola in 1992, claimed thousands of lives.