U.S. Intercepted September‘Dry Run’ Shipments From Yemeni Terrorists
November 2, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—The bombs en route from Yemen to Chicago that investigators discovered last week were not the first shipments that the Yemeni terrorists sent stateside. Back in September, U.S. intelligence officials inspected packages sent by someone with al Qaeda ties in Yemen to a Chicago address. Although the packages did not contain dangerous materials, officials considered the shipments a “dry run” for the planned packaged bombs, an ABC News report indicates.
Experts believe that the September packages, which contained books and household goods, were shipped so the terrorists could determine tracking information such as transit times and whether any kinks were found in the system. U.S. intelligence officers intercepted the packages, inspected them, and then put them back on track to reach their destinations, with one analyst suggesting that the tracking information would allow the shippers to set timers within the packages to explode just as they passed over Chicago, ABC News notes.
Last week, Saudi intelligence officials gave the U.S. a tip indicating that actual bombs were being shipped via FedEx and UPS, and law enforcement officers tracked those packages and intercepted them. Inside the packages, they found bombs hidden in desktop printers, most likely intended to explode while in transit, ABC says.