Cargo plane bombs: Woman arrested
San'a, Yemen - Yemeni authorities on Saturday arrested a woman suspected of sending
two mail bombs found on cargo planes and are searching for more suspects
believed linked to al-Qaeda, Yemeni security officials said.
officials said the woman was detained as part of the manhunt as
authorities search for a number of suspects believed to have used forged
documents and ID cards that played a role in the plot that was thwarted
US investigators have said the mail bombs were headed
to two synagogues in Chicago, raising fears of a new al-Qaeda campaign
against Western targets. The Yemeni officials said the suspects were
believed linked to the terror network's faction in Yemen.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh told reporters in the capital, San'a, that
the United States and the United Arab Emirates had provided him with
information that helped identify the woman as a suspect. He said
security forces had surrounded a house that was believed to be holding
Two security officials later told The Associated
Press the woman had been arrested, although they did not specify where
she was detained.
One of the officials, who is a member of the
country's anti-terrorism unit and is close to the Yemeni team probing
the case, said the other suspects had been tied to al-Qaeda's faction in
Several US officials also have they were increasingly
confident that al-Qaeda's Yemen branch, the group behind the failed
Detroit airliner bombing last Christmas, was responsible for the plot.