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Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, bomb maker in Christmas Day 'underwear bomb' attack, is dead

White House confirmed al-Asiri's death Thursday
Posted: 10:41 AM, Oct 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-10 10:41:39-04
Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, bomb maker in Christmas Day 'underwear bomb' attack, is dead

The White House has confirmed that the man who made the bomb that was used in the failed underwear bomb attack on Christmas Day in 2009 is dead.

According to a White House statement, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri was killed during a United States counterterrorism operation in Yemen two years ago.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate explosives, built by al-Asiri, hidden in his underwear while aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25, 2009.

The White House says al-Asiri also built an explosive device intended to be used against an aircraft in 2012.

"The United States will continue to hunt down terrorists like al-Asiri until they no longer pose a threat to our great nation," the White House said in a statement.

This story was originally published on WXYZ.