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Apr 27, 2012 1:52 AM

No specific threat for anniversary of bin Laden death, but chatter concerns intelligence officials

WASHINGTON, DC - Increased intelligence chatter has U.S. counterterrorism officials concerned about violence from al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen.

An intelligence official tells The Associated Press that in the past six months, counterterrorism officials have seen what they consider an increase in intelligence about potential threats from the Yemen group, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. That's the group believed to be behind the failed attempt to bring down a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas in 2009.

A joint intelligence bulletin from U.S. Northern Command, the FBI and Homeland Security Department says officials are worried that the terror group "intends to advance plots along multiple fronts, including renewed efforts to target Western aviation." The terror group is considered the most active al-Qaida affiliate.

The bulletin also raises concerns that terrorists could be planning attacks on or about the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Officials say there is no indication of any credible or specific threat, but they're urging law enforcement to be on the watch.

It was last May 2 when U.S. special forces killed Bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan.


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