Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on a plane about to land in the United States, saying it was in retaliation for alleged U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.
In a message written in Arabic, dated Saturday and published Monday on radical Islamist Web sites, the group hailed the "brother" who carried out the "heroic attack."
The group said it tested a "new kind of explosives" in the attack, and hailed the fact that the explosives "passed through security."
"There was a technical problem that resulted in a non-complete explosion," the message said.----------------------------The NEFA Foundation has a translation of the official communique....
For more information on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, check out this BBC profile... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8431530.stm