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Madrid - Spanish police have informed airport security and explosives experts that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network is attempting to make a new kind of bomb, the daily El Mundo reported Monday.
The bomb would consist of nitrocellulose - also known as guncotton -hidden inside padded jackets, pillows or toys such as teddy bears, difficult to detect in airport security checks, according to the daily.
El Mundo quoted reports sent by the United State Transportation Security Administration and the FBI to the Spanish Interior Ministry in August. The reports were based on materials confiscated from detained al-Qaeda suspects.
Nitrocellulose is made by dipping cotton in nitric acid or a similar agent. It is used in the manufacture of explosives and rocket propellants. - Sapa-dpa