Undercover informant in foiling of underwear bomb plot was British citizen

The undercover informant in the foiled underwear bomb plot linked to al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate was a British citizen, possibly of Saudi origin, US counter-terrorism officials said.

British intelligence played a central role in the operation that foiled the plot to send a suicide bomber onto an airplane, and it was a cooperative effort between MI5 and MI6, Britain's domestic and foreign intelligence services known, officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.


Bomb plot 'double agent' is Brit

The man who helped foil al-Qaeda's underwear bomb plot is a British citizen, possibly of Saudi origin, according to US media reports. UK officials have declined to comment.