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Dubai: Plane Bomb Looks Like al-Qaeda

Package bore same explosive as failed Christmas bombing
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2010 5:42 AM CDT
Dubai: Plane Bomb Looks Like al-Qaeda
A United Parcel Service jet is seen isolated on a runway at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Law enforcement officials are investigating reports of suspicious packages on cargo planes in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J.    (Matt Rourke)

The US-bound mail bomb discovered yesterday in Yemen had al-Qaeda's fingerprint on it, Dubai officials say, having been packaged in a "professional manner" and containing the same explosive as the failed Christmas bombing. "The plot style carries features similar to previous attacks carried out by terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda," Dubai police said.

The white powder PETN was packed inside the ink cartridge of a printer, which was wired to an electric circuit and a cell phone chip, reports the AP. Dubai authorities say they were tipped off to the threat of a mail bomb aboard the FedEx flight that originated from Yemen by a call from abroad, though they did not specify the location.
(More Dubai stories.)

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