Printer bombs planted on two cargo flights last month cost only a few thousand dollars and were intended to affect the American economy, according to a newly published Al Qaeda-affiliated magazine.
The attempt was called “Operation Hemorrhage,” boasted the magazine, and the entire plot cost al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, only $4,200.
Yesterday, a special edition of Inspire magazine — an English-language propaganda publication produced by AQAP — gave a detailed description of how the attempted attack was conceived and produced.
“Two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200,” one article said. “That is all that Operation Hemorrhage cost us. In terms of time, it took us three months to plan and execute the operation from beginning to end.”