|Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri|
|Died||August 27, 2009 (aged 22–23)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Cause of death
|Other names||Abdullah Hassan Tali' al-Asiri
|Known for||(1) being listed on the Saudi most wanted list; (2) attempting to assassinate a Saudi Prince (3) hiding suicide bomb in his anal canal|
Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri (Arabic: عبد الله حسن عسيري) (1986 – August 27, 2009) was a Saudi Arabian member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. His name is an ascription to the 'Asir Province of Saudi Arabia. He died in August 2009 while attempting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of the Interior, Muhammad bin Nayef, in a suicide bombing.
He first rose to notability when he was named on a Saudi list of most wanted terrorist suspects on February 3, 2009, and then on August 27, 2009, for attempting to assassinate Saudi deputy minister of Interior, Muhammad bin Nayef, whom he only slightly injured in a suicide bombing.
Asiri spoke to Mohammed bin Nayef a few days prior to the bombing and expressed his desire to turn himself in as part of the country's terrorist rehabilitation program, and they agreed to meet. This was an apparent ploy to get admitted to the Prince's palace. Asiri is believed to have traveled to Jeddah from the Yemeni province of Marib.
On August 27, 2009, Asiri waited in line at Mohammed bin Nayef's Jeddah home as "well-wisher," a tradition in the kingdom during Ramadan. He exploded a suicide bomb (perhaps with a cell phone), killing himself, but only lightly injuring bin Nayef (who was protected from the full force of the blast by Asiri's body).
"I did not want him to be searched, but he surprised me by blowing himself up," said Mohammed, who appeared on state television with a bandage around two of his fingers on his left hand."However, this will only increase my determination" to fight terrorism in the kingdom.
According to early and the most recent reports, Asiri's older brother had hidden one pound (0.5 kg) of PETN plastic explosives in his rectum and anal canal, which security experts described as a novel technique. Asiri had passed through a metal detector and remained in the security of the Prince's bodyguards for over 24 hours before gaining the audience.
According to Al Arabiya, this was the first assassination attempt against a royal family member since 2003, when Saudi Arabia faced a sharp uptick in al-Qaeda linked attacks. The Saudi Gazette reported on October 22, 2009, that a Yemeni named Rayed Abdullah Salem Al Harbi assisted Asiri in preparing for his suicide mission.
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