The Yemen based wing of al-Qaeda has said it was behind lasts month’s foiled plot to send parcel bombs to the US. The claim by the militant group was posted on Islamist websites.
Two devices, concealed in printer ink cartridges, were discovered on UPS and Fed-Ex cargo flights from Yemen following a tip-off. Both packages were intercepted on planes in Britain and Dubai having been addressed to two separate Jewish targets in Chicago.
In addition to the failed parcel bomb plot, the terrorist group also declared it was behind the crash of a UPS cargo jet in Dubai in September. That killed the plane’s two crew members. The White House said that claim could not be verified.
The militants also vowed more strikes on American targets, in a message directed at US President Barack Obama.
The discovery of the two explosive packages at the end of October has prompted heightened security at airports in the West. Both Britain and Germany have placed bans on unaccompanied freight coming from the Arab-Peninsula.