Security officers have intercepted two suspicious packages en route from Yemen to the United States.
Both parcels, believed to be converted ink toner cartridges, contained explosive materials and represented a “credible terrorist threat,” according to US President Barack Obama.
One of the parcels was uncovered on a UPS cargo plane at East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. The other was found at a FedEX facility in Dubai.
The potentially lethal packages were addressed to two synagogues in Chicago.
President Obama made the following statement:
“Although we are still pursuing all the facts we do know that the packages originated in Yemen. We also know that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a terrorist group based in Yemen continues to plan attacks against our homeland, our citizens and our friends and allies.”
The potential bombs are being examined in the UK and Dubai after failing to reach American soil.
Homeland security experts in the US claim that it may have been a trial run to test cargo plane screening procedures.
Both FedEX and UPS have halted services out of Yemen. The US says it will now step up aviation security.