British PM chairs emergency meeting on bomb plot

1st November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister David Cameron chaired an emergency meeting Monday to discuss Britain's response to a foiled parcel bomb plot, Downing Street said.

The meeting of the COBRA committee -- which is only convened to deal with highly sensitive situations like bombings and public health crises -- came ahead of a parliamentary statement by Home Secretary Theresa May on the issue.

One of the parcels in the plot was found at East Midlands airport in central England having been sent from Yemen.

Downing Street said beforehand the meeting would "focus on Yemen, aviation security and the latest update on intelligence."

Cameron's official spokesman added that "he is concerned to make sure that we are taking all the steps necessary" to protect security.

The spokesman also stressed that Britain was working "very closely" with Yemen on the issue.

Officials confirmed the meeting had taken place but did not give further details ahead of May's statement.

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

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