UPDATE 1-Parcel bombs have hallmarks of al Qaeda work-US

(Adds more comments from Napolitano)

By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (BestGrowthStock) – The parcel bombs sent from
Yemen destined for the United States have hallmarks of the
militant group al Qaeda or its affiliate al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano said on Saturday.

“I think we would agree with that, that it does contain all
the hallmarks of al Qaeda and in particular al Qaeda AP,” she
said in an interview on ABC News.

“The investigation is ongoing and just as we have an
adversary who keeps pushing the system, trying to conduct a
plot, we are ourselves continuing to make sure we get to the
source of this and make sure that we take care of this
problem,” she said.

The Obama administration has been increasingly focused on
the al Qaeda affiliate, which authorities have said was behind
the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day
last year with a bomb that a Nigerian man hid in his
underwear.

In a series of television interviews on Saturday,
Napolitano also said authorities were checking whether other
packages had been sent before the two that were intercepted
that could offer clues about attempts to test U.S. security.

“We’re doing some reverse engineering as it were to
identify other packages from Yemen,” she said on NBC News.

But she said the investigation was continuing and that it
was too early to say whether the packages were meant to
detonate while airborne on the massive cargo planes or when
they reached their destinations, Jewish centers in Chicago.

She said on CNN that the parcel bombs appeared to include
the same explosives used in the Christmas Day attempted attack,
pentaerythritol trinitrate, or PETN.

“We know aviation continues to be a target, we know the
system continues to be looked at by our adversaries,”
Napolitano said.

Air travelers should expect to experience stiffer security
measures at U.S. airports, including bomb-sniffing dogs and
equipment that can detect trace explosives on bags or
passengers, she said.

Napolitano declined to say whether U.S. authorities had
detected details of the plot themselves as well or if they
relied solely on the information provided by Saudi Arabia, a
key U.S. ally.
(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Vicki Allen)

UPDATE 1-Parcel bombs have hallmarks of al Qaeda work-US