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    Jul 15, 2014

    US concerned over Yemen bomb-makers


    UNITED States Attorney-General Eric Holder on Sunday expressed "extreme, extreme concern" over reports that bomb-makers from Yemen responsible for the 2009 underwear-bomb plot are now in Syria cooperating with foreign militants there, possibly to formulate new, nearly undetectable explosive devices.

    "That's a deadly combination, where you have people who have the technical know-how along with the people who have this kind of fervour to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the US and directed at its allies," he said in an interview taped in London for the ABC News programme This Week.

    Asked about news reports that the Yemeni bomb-makers are working to design an explosive device small enough to fit into a cellphone or a laptop computer, and that this was behind a recent tightening of security for many passengers flying to the US, Mr Holder seemed to confirm as much without explicitly saying so.

    "This is not a test," he said. "This is a something - we're doing something in reaction to things that we have detected."