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DETROIT – The man who built the infamous underwear bomb that a confessed terrorist wore aboard a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas Day 2009 has been declared dead by the White House.

In a statement released Thursday, the White House said:

“This will confirm for the first time that Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qa’ida bomb maker and terrorist coordinator, was killed two years ago in a United States counterterrorism operation in Yemen. “

According to the White House,  Al-Asiri built the explosive devices that 23-year-old Nigerian college student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tucked into his underwear while on a Detroit-bound airplane, hoping it would explode while over U.S. soil. The plot was foiled, however, and Abdulmutallab is now serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Colorado after pleading guilty to multiple terrorism charges.

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The man who masterminded the underwear bomb also built the disrupted printer cartridge bomb plot in 2010,  an explosive device intended to be used against a passenger aircraft in 2012, and the device used in the attempted assassination of the former crown prince of Saudi Arabia, according to the White House.

“Al-Asiri’s death significantly handicapped al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula. 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.

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