The US parcel bomb plot as it unfolded
Security measures were boosted around the world on Sunday after the discovery of bombs hidden in two packages on US-bound cargo planes during stopovers in Britain and Dubai.
Here is a chronology of developments in the foiled bomb plot:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
-- British officials, acting on a Saudi intelligence tip-off to the United States, find a suspected bomb disguised as a toner cartridge on a US-bound cargo plane at East Midlands airport in central England.
-- The White House says US President Barack Obama was told of a "potential terrorist threat" surrounding suspicious packages on two cargo planes in transit to the United States, including one in Dubai as well as England.
-- US package delivery firm FedEx and its counterpart UPS suspend deliveries from Yemen.
-- Obama says the two suspicious packages contained explosive material, were addressed to synagogues in Chicago, and that they were a "credible terrorist threat."
-- A senior Yemeni official says his government is ready to launch an investigation into the suspicious packages.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
-- Police in Dubai say the parcel intercepted in the Gulf state "bears the hallmarks of those used by terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda," a suspicion later repeated by US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
-- Yemeni authorities say they seized and are examining 26 suspicious parcels.
-- France suspends air freight from Yemen.
-- Obama thanks British Prime Minister David Cameron and Saudi King Abdullah for helping to disrupt the terror plot, and reiterates a call to Yemen for closer counterterrorism cooperation.
-- Yemen security forces arrest a woman suspected of sending two allegedly Al-Qaeda linked parcel bombs after surrounding her house in Sanaa.
-- Britain's Cameron says the parcel bomb found on a US-bound cargo jet that stopped over in Britain was designed to blow up the plane.
-- Germany blocks air freight from Yemen.
© 2010 AFP