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French jihadist David Drudgeon was one of the most active bombmakers with in the Khorasan group, sources tell CNN. Drudgeon was allegedly killed in a U.S. air strike Thursday morning.
His knowledge of explosives, European-background and access to Western fighters in Syria makes him arguably one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world.
His mission was apparently to create very small, non-metallic explosive devices that could be smuggled through airport security and onto a U.S.-bound plane, where it would be assembled to blow up the airplane.
Drudgeon was working on a variety of bombs, sources tell CNN, that could be easily disguised in everyday objects, such as cell phones and toothpaste tubes.
CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
(CNN) - A U.S. airstrike in Syria appears to have killed a key French jihadist who is part of the militant Khorasan Group, a U.S. defense official said Thursday morning.
The strike happened overnight Wednesday near Idlib, according to the official, who has access to the latest information about the strikes.
The U.S. fired at a vehicle it believed carried David Drugeon, a skilled bomb-maker in his 20s who also has ties to core al Qaeda members in Pakistan, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.
(CNN) – A U.S. airstrike in Syria appears to have killed a key French jihadist who is part of the militant Khorasan Group, a U.S. defense official said Thursday morning.
David Drugeon was a key bomb-maker with the group, with an evolving arsenal of deadly devices. He reportedly was working on a palm-sized explosive that could blow a hole in a Boeing 777.
How close was this bomb-maker to getting an explosive on an airplane?
Former NCIS special agent in charge Robert McFadden, now with The Soufan Group, joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.