Flyet fra Ethiopian Airlines som 25. januar styrtet i sjøen utenfor Beirut rett etter takeoff kan ha vært offer for et terrorangrep. Det skal være et al Qaida-medlem arrestert i Saudi-Arabia som skal ha fortalt det under avhør.
Saudi-Arabia arresterte nylig et hundretalls Al Qaida-medlemmer som planla omfattende angrep på oljeindstrien.
Opplysningene tas alvorlig av etterretningstjenestene. Britisk etterretning har gjenåpnet saken.
90 mennesker omkom, eller ble drept, da flyet styrtet. Libanesiske myndigheter var raske med å legge skylden på piloten. Men havarikommisjonen vet ennå ikke hvorfor flyet styrtet.
News reports initially quoted witnesses as saying the plane had broken up in the air and fallen into the sea in a ball of flames. But Lebanese officials immediately ruled out terrorism, and suggested pilot error was to blame.
The «G2 Bulletin» Web site, which calls itself an independent online intelligence newsletter reports an operative of the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula told interrogators the aircraft was destroyed by a suicide bomber trained in Yemen.
The operative is said to be among more than 100 terrorism suspects recently arrested in Saudi Arabia. He is reported to have told his captors the Beirut bomber trained in the same camp as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to set off a bomb in his underwear on a plane landing in Detroit on Christmas Day.
Ethiopian Airlines chief Girma Wake has been critical of what he called premature and misleading speculation about the cause of the Beirut crash. In a telephone interview, he cautioned that this latest report must be checked thoroughly. But he said it raises questions about why Lebanese politicians were so quick to rule out foul play and blame pilot error.