Yemeni Al-Qaeda Vows More Parcel Bomb Attacks

Claims Parcel Bombs Surprisingly Cost-Effective

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the al-Qaeda auxiliery faction based in Yemen which some officials say actual has grown to become more dangerous than the parent group, has promised to launch a wave a parcel bomb attacks.

The threat came in the latest edition of their online English-language magazine, Inspire, in which they claimed that the parcels that in last month’s failed attacks only cost about $4,200, describing that as a “good bargain.”

AQAP added that they really don’t mind if the parcels are intercepted, saying that even failed attacks spark hugely expensive security responses for what was comparatively little investment.

The move is seen by many as a major split from al-Qaeda’s parent group, which tends to focus around high profile attacks. At the same time, Inspire magazine tends to float ideas simply to get media coverage and spark a panic in its own right. The previous issue floating the idea of welding some swords to the front of a truck and driving it into a crowd of people, among other things.

Author: Jason Ditz

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