Yemeni Bomb in Chicago-Bound Package Defused With Only 17 Minutes to Spare

November 4, 2010

France (ChattahBox World News) – Law enforcement officials discovered two bombs destined for Chicago on a cargo plane last week and dismantled one of the devices just 17 minutes before it was set to explode, French officials announced. The explosives, which originated in Yemen, flew on two airlines before they were intercepted, but it’s unclear how many passengers were on the two planes with the bombs, msnbc.com reports.

Investigators believe that al-Qaida’s Yemeni bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, created the explosives that were later packaged in cell phones and computer printers and addressed to two Chiago synagogues. Al-Asiri is also suspected of building the bomb that failed to detonate on a Detroit-bound flight in Dec. 2009. Four times the amount of the explosive PETN was found on the recent bombs vs. last year’s bomb, msnbc.com reports.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently increased security and stopped cargo shipments from Yemen to the U.S. until further notice, according to msnbc.com.


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