Bomb defused with minutes to spare

2010-11-04 21:20

Paris - One of two US-bound parcel bombs sent from Yemen and intercepted in Dubai and Britain last week was defused just 17 minutes before it was due to explode, France's interior minister said on Thursday.

Governments, airlines and aviation authorities around the world have since been reviewing security.

"I can tell you for example that one of these packages was defused just 17 minutes before the planned explosion time," Brice Hortefeux said.

"Yemen is an extremely sensitive country, clearly. We know that in this part of the world there's a strong surge of al-Qaeda, of Islamic militancy."

Hortefeux gave no other details.

The bombs found in Dubai and Britain were addressed to synagogues in Chicago.

The bomb found in Britain had passed through Germany en route.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    france  |  us terror threat  |  security  |  air travel
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Du Preez key to Boks' success
Cheika taking it one game at a time
Cotter: 'No beer bribe for Samoa'
England lost trying to copy All Blacks
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.