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Former al-Qaeda Agent Turned MI6 Spy Reveals Role in U.S. Laptop Ban

A former al-Qaeda agent who worked with explosives before he defected to become an MI6 spy has revealed how the actions of a British man who became a master bombmaker for ISIS led to America’s laptop ban on flights, the Guardian reported Sunday.

Ex-agent Aimen Dean said in his autobiography that Hamayun Tariq of Dudley, England, planned to smuggle bombs “disguised as laptop batteries.”

This prompted a ban to be implemented in 2017 barring passengers from carrying laptops on U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

Tariq, a car mechanic who became a jihadist and relocated to somewhere along the Syria-Iraq border, had posted on Twitter about creating bombs. Dean wrote that Tariq is also designing drones capable of striking football stadiums or other crowded venues.

Read more at the Guardian

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