October 31st, 2010
12:02 AM ET

Official: PETN packages linked to underwear bomb plot

Investigators are leaning in the direction that the same person or persons who crafted the Christmas Day underwear bomb were behind the PETN-based devices hidden in packages sent from Yemen, a U.S. government official told CNN.

"The thinking is it's the same person or group of people that built the underwear bomb, because of the way it's put together. But this one is about four times as powerful," the official told CNN.

The official added that U.S. authorities now are endorsing British Prime Minister David Cameron's position that the explosives were designed to take down an airplane.

On Friday, U.S. officials publicly said they have not taken a position on whether cargo or passenger planes were the ultimate targets, or the Chicago syanagogues where the explosive-laden packages were addressed.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. phil

    They haven't decided what "position" they are going to take? Doesn't one examine the evidence and then take that posistion? Of course...unless one has an personal or group agenda dictating this posistion. It's sooo easy to see how we are being made-afraid of "terrorists". We all know how easy it would be to poison our domestic water. Don't you think the "terrorists" would poison our water if they really wanted all of US dead?

    October 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Correct my spelling b4 you answer pls.

    October 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sgt. slauhgter

    Gonna have to take off your underwear now too....

    At the airport before you fly.....

    Great news.

    I'd like to apply for the female body inspector job....LOL

    October 31, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    @sgt slaughter...that was a real knee-slapper. hardy har har.

    October 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sgt. slauhgter

    Take off your underwear now too... before you fly....

    Strip search every muslim woman who tries to get on an airplane..... ...

    That's not profiling its a description ofthe suspect the

    October 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bruce arnold

    Nobody with an IQ over 89 is buying the October Surprise Yemen Toner Terror / Panty Bomber II false flag BS.

    October 31, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |