* Small-scale attacks on U.S. to continue, group says
* Attacks aimed at inflicting economic damage
* AQAP says parcel bomb operation cost $4,200
By Amena Bakr
DUBAI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing threatened more small-scale attacks against the United States to inflict economic damage, particularly to the aviation industry.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said it had cost just $4,200 to mail two parcel bombs from Yemen to the United States last month. The bombs were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, sparking a worldwide security alert.
“It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy and keep him on his toes in exchange of a few months of work and a few thousand bucks,” AQAP said in its online Inspire magazine, released on militant websites.
“We are laying out for our enemies our plan in advance because as we stated earlier our objective is not maximum kill but to cause (damage) in the aviation industry, an industry that is so vital for trade and transportation between the U.S. and Europe.”
The United States had already stepped up airline passenger security after a Nigerian man tried to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit last December. AQAP had claimed responsibility.
AQAP said last month’s failed parcel bomb operation, where the bomb-loaded printers had been sent from Yemen’s capital Sana to two synagogues in Chicago, had been cheap to execute.
“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,” AQAP said. “We will continue with similar operations and we do not mind at all in this stage if they are intercepted.”
“To bring down America we need not strike big,” it added.
Soon after the discovery of the explosive printers, AQAP had also claimed responsibility for the crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai in September, but U.S. officials have said that there were no indications that the parcel delivery company’s plane had been brought down by an attack. (Reporting by Amena Bakr; Editing by Myra MacDonald)