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Authorities seize two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets from Yemen (Watch Video) / BREAKING NEWS: Down town Brooklyn shut down as bomb squad check UP


Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets from Yemen. Parts of the plot might remain undetected, President Barack Obama's counterterror chief warned.


Obama called the coordinated attacks a "credible terrorist threat" amid worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new campaign of assaults.

"The United States is not assuming that the attacks were disrupted and is remaining vigilant," Obama adviser John Brennan said at the White House.

Emirates Plane lands at JFK
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In this frame grab taken from television, an Emirates airliner prepares to land Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after having been escorted from the Canadian border by two military fighter jets.


One of the packages was found aboard a cargo plane in Dubai, the other in England. In the U.S., cargo planes were searched up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and an Emirates Airlines passenger jet was escorted down the coast to New York by American fighter jets.

No explosives were found aboard those planes, though the investigation was continuing on at least two.

Obama's sobering assessment, delivered from the White House podium, unfolded four days before national elections in which discussion of terrorism has played almost no role. The president went ahead with weekend campaign appearances.

The terrorist efforts "underscore the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism," the president said. While he said both packages that contained explosives originated in Yemen, he did not explicitly assign blame to al-Qaida, which is active in the Arab nation and long has made clear its goal of launching new attacks on the United States.

Authorities in Dubai intercepted one explosive device. The second package was aboard a plane searched in East Midlands, north of London, and officials said it contained a printer toner cartridge with wires and powder. Brennan said the devices were in packages about the size of a breadbox.

While the president didn't specifically accuse Yemen's al-Qaida branch, officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were increasingly certain that was the source. The same group was responsible for the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner last Christmas.

The radical U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who now lives in hiding in Yemen, is believed to have helped inspire recent attacks including the Fort Hood shooting, the Times Square bombing attempt and the failed Detroit airliner bombing last Christmas Day.

Most of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation.

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US and European authorities are attempting to thwart what appears to be an

ongoing bomb plot in which more than a dozen potential bombs were shipped to the US aboard numerous air carriers, federal sources told ABC news.

The devices may have been distributed onto UPS cargo trucks in New York and possibly New Jersey. So far no active devices have been found in the United States, officials said.

Other potential devices have been found in London, according to ABC News. It is unknown how many if any of those suspected devices were live.

Authorities in the U.K. said officials discovered that a toner cartridge on one plane had been manipulated and found wires attached to it and white powder. A senior FBI official says explosive tests run on the package in Birmingham, England were negative.

New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey authorities as well as federal authorities are attempting to track down the suspected improvised devices and bomb technicians are on the scene of the numerous suspected devices already located at banks in Queens and at other locations.

One of the UPS flights landed at Newark Airport, and the plane was taken to the UPS cargo facility to get checked out.

The New York Police Department’s bomb squad also stopped a UPS truck on the Queensboro Bridge as part of the investigation. Authorities also checked packages at a facility in Queens and another location in Brooklyn.

Two planes were also getting checked in Philadelphia.

The planes involved: UPS Flight 218, a Boeing 767 that departed Paris and landed in Philadelphia; UPS Flight 204, a MD 11, that was scheduled to depart Philadelphia for Louisville; A UPS Flight that arrived at Newark Airport from somewhere in Europe, off loaded packages at their loading dock. That cargo area is now being searched.

Operations at the two airports have not been impacted.

While details remain sketchy, ABC News reports it appears England was a transshipment point in the plot in which devices were believed to be placed aboard cargo planes for shipment to targets in the U.S.

It is unknown who is behind the plot, nor how authorities learned of it.

ABC News reports British police were already investigating suspicious packages there on Thursday, according to two US sources.

Bomb technicians, TSA bomb appraisal officers and emergency service officers are involved in the investigation in Queens, Newark and Philadelphia at this time, officials said.

The Transportation Security Administration says it is aware of the situation and monitoring the investigation.

“Out of an abundance of caution the planes were moved to a remote location where they are being met by law enforcement officials and swept,” the TSA said in a statement.

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Comment by JamRockLady on November 30, 2010 at 12:04am
Fake news...my people...don't fall for it. Diocletian's: Problem-Reaction-Solution. This was staged to keep the public in a state of perpetual fear. Typical. SMH.
Comment by Kim Wilson on November 1, 2010 at 10:43pm
I thank the Lord for my blessings every day and will continue to do so...we are in extreme times.
Comment by King George on November 1, 2010 at 6:42pm
We living in serious times people its scary out here. I GOING BACK HOME!!!
Comment by abijah israel on October 30, 2010 at 11:18am
I don't support any bombing of any kind, however it's time that America to get it right & be kinder to the world not only the angle from what they came benefit /raid from your country. They are responsible for to many heart ache & disasters all in the name of globalization and until such is reversed or redeem this type of stuff will continue at the expense of the lives of innocent americans.
Comment by S. Young on October 30, 2010 at 12:53am
I was going downtown Bk but the news broke right before I got on the train. Real situation we have to deal with in these last days.
Comment by Shanistarr on October 29, 2010 at 4:21pm
Wow. I go to LIU. I'm glad that I got out of class before any of this happened.
Comment by Rome on October 29, 2010 at 3:23pm
I work for U.P.S. dam. I hope none of the pkgs on my truck explode
Comment by Bim-Mon on October 29, 2010 at 2:12pm
It was a mess in downtown BK for a few hours!

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