UPDATE 1-Dubai parcel bomb bore al Qaeda hallmarks -police

* Parcel intercepted in Dubai contained bomb

* Explosives hidden in printer cartridge

* Package also contained books, Yemen souvenirs

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DUBAI, Oct 30 (BestGrowthStock) – A parcel intercepted in Dubai and
bound for the United States contained a bomb hidden in a printer
cartridge and bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda, Dubai police said
on Saturday.

The parcel contained explosive pentaerythritol trinitrate
(PETN) in a printer cartridge, police said. PETN was the
material used in a failed plot to bomb an airline over the U.S.
in December 2009.

“The parcel was prepared in a professional way where a
closed electrical circuit was connected to a mobile phone SIM
card hidden inside the printer,” the statement said.

“This tactic carries the hallmarks of methods used
previously by terrorist organisations such as al Qaeda.”

The bomb also contained lead azide, which is used in
detonators. Dubai police experts defused the device, the
statement said.

Police were tipped off “via international communication
channels” on the possibility that a package coming from Yemen
through FedEx (FDX.N: ) contained hidden explosive materials.

Along with the statement, Dubai police also released
pictures showing the contents of the parcel including a book on
management and an English novel, as well as Yemeni souvenirs.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that two parcels
with explosives that were sent from Yemen and intercepted in
Britain and Dubai had been bound for “two places of Jewish
worship in Chicago”.

Suspicion has fallen on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,
which operates out of Yemen and claimed responsibility for the
December 2009 plot to blow up a U.S. plane headed for Detroit on
Christmas Day. [ID:nLD436393]
(Reporting by Raissa Kasolowsky and Mahmoud Habboush; Writing
by Amran Abocar; Editing by Louise Ireland)

UPDATE 1-Dubai parcel bomb bore al Qaeda hallmarks -police