Parcel bomb was set to explode over US: British police

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A parcel bomb sent from Yemen and taken off a cargo plane at a British airport last month was timed to explode over the eastern seaboard of the United States, Scotland Yard said Wednesday.

The device hidden in a printer cartridge was removed from the aircraft at East Midlands Airport in central England early on October 29 and "disrupted" by experts, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"Forensic examination has indicated that if the device had activated it would have been at 10:30hrs BST (0930 GMT) on Friday, 29 October 2010," just under three hours after the bomb was defused, the statement said.

"If the device had not been removed from the aircraft the activation could have occurred over the eastern seaboard of the US."

© 2010 AFP

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