Yemen investigating suspicious packages

SANAA (BestGrowthStock) – Yemeni authorities have launched an investigation into suspicious packages that U.S. and British officials said were headed on cargo planes to the United States from Yemen, a security official said on Friday.

“It is only normal that we would investigate this incident and these claims,” the official said.

U.S. and British security officials searched United Parcel Service cargo flights after suspected packages were found in Britain and Dubai on Friday as part of an international alert over parcels sent from Yemen.

An official at the FedEx office in Sanaa told Reuters his firm also not run direct cargo flights out of Yemen.

FedEx instead uses other airlines to ship their cargo to the next biggest transshipment hub from where the firm runs its own flights, he told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

He had been instructed to suspend all shipment of packages out of the country, he said.

(Reporting by Mohamed Sudam; Writing by Erika Solomon and Raissa Kasolowsky; Editing by Jon Boyle)

Yemen investigating suspicious packages