IEDs discovered on two planes
10/29/10 Intelligence and law enforcement agencies
discovered suspicious packages on two planes in transit to the United
Based on close cooperation among U.S. government
agencies and with foreign allies and partners, authorities were able to
identify and examine two suspicious packages.
Two IEDs that contained PETN - one found in the United
Kingdom, the other in Dubai - originated in Yemen. It appears the
devices were designed to be detonated by a cell phone with the help of a
smaller amount of a second unidentified explosive substance.
printer found in Dubai was addressed to a US synagogue. A closed
electrical circuit was connected to a mobile phone SIM card hidden
inside the printer.
Investigators tracked down 13 additional packages sent
from the same Yemen address. Twelve packages never made it to the U.S. -
but three did.
Two of them were tracked to the truck in Brooklyn,
while the one other was on a UPS plane that landed in Newark. None of
the packages that reached the U.S. contained explosives.
President Obama confirmed that authorities had
uncovered a "credible terrorist threat". The White House thanked the
Saudis for providing key intelligence, including tracking numbers for