No information of further plane bombs: UK minister

LONDON (BestGrowthStock) – Interior minister Theresa May said on Monday British officials were not aware of any further attempts to put bombs on planes after two devices were discovered on Friday on cargo flights in Britain and Dubai.

“At this stage we have no information to suggest that another attack of a similar nature by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is imminent,” May told parliament.

“But this organization is very active. It continues to plan other attacks in the region, notably against Saudi Arabia.

“We therefore work on the assumption that this organization will wish to continue to find ways of also attacking targets further afield.” May also said Britain would extend a ban on unaccompanied air freight from Yemen to Somalia. She also announced that air passengers would be banned from carrying toner cartridges over 500 grams in their hand luggage on flights from Britain.

Transport of toner cartridges by air cargo would also be banned unless they originated with a shipper with security arrangements approved by the government.

She said the bans, which were to come into force from midnight, would be reviewed in the coming weeks.

The announcement was made after U.S.-bound parcel bombs sent by air from Yemen were intercepted.

One of the packages was found on a United Parcel Service

cargo plane at East Midlands Airport, north of London, and the other bomb was discovered in a computer printer cartridge in a parcel at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

May said tests indicated that the device found in Britain was a viable bomb. “Had the device detonated we assess it could have succeeded in bringing down the aircraft,” she said.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Tim Castle and Mark Heinrich)

No information of further plane bombs: UK minister