Woman Yemen Arrested Is a Med Student

Lawyer worries she was set up; US eyes Qaeda bombmaker
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2010 6:43 AM CDT
Woman Yemen Arrested Is a Med Student
Yeme's San'a International airport.   (AP Photo/ File)

The woman arrested in connection with the Yemen bomb plot, whom authorities allege mailed the packages, is a 22-year-old med student and daughter of a petroleum engineer, reports the BBC. The woman's lawyer says he's worried his client was set up, and US officials, citing the weapons' level of sophistication, are turning their focus to al-Qaeda's top bombmaker in Yemen. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri was also implicated in the attempted Christmas Day bombing, reports the New York Times, but these latest bombs show signs of advancement since that attempt.

The female suspect has no known political affiliations, says Abdel Rahman Burman, the lawyer. "It doesn't make sense that the person who would do this kind of operation would leave a picture of their ID and their phone number." Click here for the latest on the case. (Read more Yemen mail bombs stories.)

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