British and U.S. intelligence agencies have uncovered an al-Qaida plot to blow up an American airliner in the run-up to the London Olympics.
Ynet News reported that the Sunday Times carried a report that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had recruited a Norwegian to blow up an American plane in the run up to the Olympics.
Abu Abdurrahman, a radical convert to Islam, travelled to Yemen for training. Intelligence sources revealed AQAP had already selected their target, but it was not specifically linked to the London Olympics.
A Whitehall official said "There is terrorist plotting going on irrespective of the Olympics. The only thing that connects this to the Olympics is the fact that they are about to happen."
The Statesman reported the plot confirms intelligence fears that al-Qaida is seeking to recruit and train radicalized westerners in an attempt to evade airport security.
Digital Journal reported that on Friday a Vietnamese immigrant was arrested in Britain and subsequently indicted in New York on charges of helping the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida. Sources did not reveal if his arrest was linked to the uncovering of the plot to target an airliner.