FBI director assumes Khorasan plots not disrupted

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey addresses the Intelligence and National Security Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel September 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Plots against the U.S. and Europe by the al-Qaada cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group may still be in the works.

FBI director James Comey told reporters at headquarters he has no indication yet that a series of airstrikes against the militants this week disrupted its plans.

U.S. intelligence officials say the group has been trying to perfect a non-metallic bomb that can get past airport security and be used to blow up an airplane in flight.

Comey says the group is comprised of al-Qaeda veterans from Afghanistan and Pakistan along with some newcomers, and it remains at the top of the FBI's list of terrorism concerns.

Comey adds that he also worries about a homegrown attack inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45