Global terror scare hits delivery firms UPS, Fedex

29th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

FedEx and UPS scrambled to react to what was feared to be a coordinated global terror attack using their services Friday, suspending suspect routes and opening their doors to investigators.

US package delivery giant FedEx froze deliveries from Yemen after a suspicious package originating from there was confiscated in Dubai.

"In cooperation with the FBI, local authorities have confiscated a suspicious package at the FedEx facility in Dubai," a company statement said.

"The shipment originated in Yemen and as an additional safety measure, FedEx has embargoed all shipments originating from Yemen."

The discovery was one of several terror alerts on Friday that raised fears of a coordinated attack.

FedEx rival UPS said it was cooperating with investigations into suspect packages on at least three of its planes.

"We can confirm that authorities have investigated two aircraft in Philadelphia and one in Newark," the company said referring to the cities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

"All of these aircraft have landed safely."

In New York, shares in FedEx fell more than one percent on the news by 1930 GMT, while UPS saw its share price fall 0.3 percent.

© 2010 AFP

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