British PM warns of 'terrorist cancer' in Yemen region
British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Monday that the threat from violent extremists in Yemen had grown but vowed to "cut out the terrorist cancer" from the region following a foiled bomb plot.
Cameron was addressing the House of Commons shortly after chairing a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee to discuss Britain's response to the plot.
One of two parcels containing bombs and addressed to synagogues in Chicago was found at East Midlands airport in central England, having originated from Yemen. The other was found in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
"The fact that the device was being carried from Yemen to the UAE to Germany to Britain en route to America shows the interest of the whole world in coming together to deal with this," Cameron said.
"While we are rightly engaged in Afghanistan to deny the terrorists there, the threat from the Arabian Peninsula and from Yemen in particular has grown."
The prime minister added: "It is clear that we must take every possible step to work with our partners in the Arab world to cut out the terrorist cancer that lurks in the Arabian Peninsula."
Elsewhere, the BBC reported that the source of the tip-off which led to the discovery of the parcel bombs was Jabr al-Faifi, a former Al-Qaeda member based in Yemen who turned himself in to Saudi authorities two weeks ago.
Faifi was a former Guantanamo detainee who was returned to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation in 2006 but later escaped to Yemen and rejoined Al-Qaeda.
© 2010 AFP