November 1st, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Cargo bomb plot: Latest developments

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.] Yemeni authorities are intensifying operations to capture militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and to capture or kill al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim Hasan al-Asiri, a senior Yemeni government official told CNN.

[Updated at 12:41 p.m.] The U.K.'s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has told the U.K. Parliament that all passenger and cargo flights, as well as all flights holding unaccompanied freight from Yemen and Somalia, will be banned from travelling to the U.K. for the next month at which time, the move will be reviewed.

[Updated at 12:32 p.m.] Germany has banned all incoming flights from Yemen in the wake of a bomb plot apparently originating there, air traffic control announced Monday.

[Posted at 12:23 p.m.] The FBI has dispatched teams of explosives experts to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates to help in the examination of the printer-related bombs discovered on Friday, a federal law enforcement official told CNN Monday.

The FBI is not sending extra people to Yemen, where the packages originated, at this time, the source said. The FBI has a presence in Sanaa, the capital, so there are FBI people already there.

The official said the focus of the investigation remains overseas and that there are no links to suspects in the United States at this point.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve, Carol Cratty and Diana Magnay contributed to this report.

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  1. Dawg

    Yea, they are gonna keep up the pressure with these supposed bombs and alike to justify further removal of our rights (airport scanners, groping, harassing, demoralization, control, etc.) to break you down into a total zombies, just as Adolf Hitler had done to the Jews that were in the concentration camps – its all about mental conditioning.

    As for the supposed bomb... More than likely a bag full of Snausages dog treats in those duffle bags. Dogs could be easily replaced with cybernated mechanical chemical sniffers for a fraction of the cost that the TSA is spending on NAKED BODY SCANNERS, which could be employed in every airport. Chem sniffers and metal detectors would do 2x the job. But then again the TSA is creating jobs; hiring unemployed people like ex-Catholic priests, child molesters, perverts, ex-convicts, sociopaths and other unsavory UN-AMERICAN individuals who feel no remorse or guilt about violating your personal rights or aiding the creating of the police state and ultimate decline of our nation.

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