Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Somalia Jet Explosion: al-Qaida Remains a Threat

WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the plane explosion in Somalia earlier this week:

“While it is too early to confirm that extremists associated with al-Shabaab were responsible for the explosion on board a Daallo Airlines plane on Tuesday, it fits with the group’s public rhetoric, intent, and capabilities.  It is a sobering reminder that while much of the public discourse on terrorist threats to the United States and our allies is focused on ISIL, we cannot discount the ever present global threat posed by al-Qa’ida and its affiliates.”