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Cargo Bomb Timed to Explode over Eastern Seaboard

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LONDON) -- The mail bomb intercepted at East Midlands Airport in Britain was apparently timed to explode over the eastern part of the United States.  A U.S. official had earlier said the evidence suggested a plot to blow up aircraft either on runways or in the skies over America.

British police on Wednesday released a statement saying forensic evidence shows the device, one of two intercepted in the apparent plot, could have been activated "over the eastern seaboard of the U.S."  The package was sent from Yemen.  Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula says it is responsible and says it will send more package bombs.  A.Q.A.P. is based in Yemen.

The other bomb was intercepted in Dubai. 

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Mumbai: Another Cargo Hold Scare?

Photo Courtesy - Delta Airlines(MUMBAI, India) -- A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing Thursday in Mumbai after unidentified objects were found in the aircraft's cargo hold, reports NDTV.

244 passengers were aboard the flight en route from Amsterdam to Mumbai when it landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and were immediately evacuated before a bomb squad began a search of the plane and its cargo hold.

An airline source said that the flight did not declare an emergency but rather it was air traffic control acting on information given by Delta.

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IATA Calls for Increased Cargo, Checkpoint Security

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(FRANKFURT, Germany) -- Amid questions over cargo security that have followed a cargo plane bomb plot in Yemen, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on security regulators to make significant improvements in cargo security and announced plans to lead an effort to improve airport checkpoints.

“We are much more secure than in 2001, but there is room for improvement,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO, at the opening of AVSEC World in Frankfurt, Germany.

Bisignani shifted focus from cargo security to the screening process. He called on regulators to collaborate to create a “next generation checkpoint” that will focus more on intelligence and technology to identify terrorists.

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European Cities Block Cargo Shipments from Yemen 

Photo Courtesy - Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last week’s discovery of bombs packed in printer toner cartridges bound for the U.S, the governments of Britain, France and Germany have suspended cargo shipments from Yemen, which American officials say was the source of the explosives.

Most fingers are pointing to the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula group as the likely culprits, with suspicion falling on Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the terrorist group’s top bomb builder.  U.S. intelligence officials contend al-Asiri also constructed the bomb that Nigerian Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly carried in his underwear in the failed bomb attempt on Northwest Flight 253 that was headed for Detroit last Christmas Day.

German authorities also offered more information about the bomb that passed through Cologne that was eventually detected at the East Midlands Airport in England.  They said the bomb unknowingly transported by UPS contained 14 ounces of the powerful explosive PETN, which is the equivalent of about five sticks of TNT.  One stick of TNT can easily destroy an average house.

The other bomb found by security officials in Dubai contained slightly less PETN but in both cases, there was enough of the explosive in each package to blow the cargo planes out of the sky.

That’s the latest theory that Western intelligence officials are working on.  While the packages were intended to be delivered to synagogues in Chicago, the bomb plotters may have actually been more concerned with destroying the planes in an effort to cripple the air transport industry, which has come under increasing scrutiny because of safety lapses.

In other developments, there was a report that a former al Qaeda insider tipped off Saudi authorities to the scheme two weeks ago.  The man, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was returned to Saudi Arabia four years ago for rehabilitation but escaped and fled to Yemen.

It was Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief who tipped off White House counterterrorism head John Brennan last week to the possibility of bombs aboard cargo planes headed to the U.S.

Authorities in Yemen are also still searching for a woman who apparently brought the explosive-laden packages to freight companies.

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