Breast bombs a new terror threat

Experts have warned that terrorists could used breast implants packed with explosives to blow up an airliner.

"Women suicide bombers recruited by al-Qaeda are known to have had the explosives inserted in their breasts under techniques similar to breast enhancing surgery," Joseph Farah, a terrorism expert, told The Sun.

The performance of the breast implant operations could already be underway by radical Islamist plastic surgeons in Pakistan's lawless areas, the experts have warned.

Only five ounces of Pentaerythritol Tetrabitrate packed into a breast implant, explosive experts have said, could blow a "considerable" hole into the side of a jumbo jet.

Airport security scanners, medics have said, would not be able to detect the implants if they were hidden inside of a breast.

"Properly inserted the implant would be virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines," a plastic surgeon told The Sun.

"You would need to subject a suspect to a sophisticated X-ray. Given that the explosive would be inserted in a sealed plastic sachet, and would be a small amount, would make it all the more impossible to spot it with the usual body scanner."

The chemical may also have been inserted into would-be suicide bombers' buttocks, according to experts.

The discovery of the breast implant scheme followed the attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a London-educated Nigerian, attempted to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas. British intelligence services picked up "chatter" in Pakistan and Yemen that alerted them of the new scheme.