Officials: AQAP bomb plot was narrowly averted

Authorities indicate that aim may have been to detonate devices during flight


The Commercial Appeal

WASHINGTON — The mail-bomb plot stretching from Yemen to Chicago may have been aimed at blowing up planes in flight and was only narrowly averted, officials said Sunday, acknowledging that one device almost slipped through Britain and another seized in Dubai was unwittingly flown on two passenger jets.

Senior U.S. officials met to develop a U.S. response to the al-Qaida faction linked to the powerful explosives addressed to synagogues in Chicago.

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