US officials suspect dry run preceded al-Qaida bomb plot

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 2, 2010 11:20

American intelligence officials tracked and intercepted three suspicious packages in mid-September that they now suspect were sent to the United States as a dry run for the mail bomb scheme intercepted last week, a US official said Monday.

Before the September shipments had reached their destinations in Chicago, US authorities seized and searched the boxes. They removed "papers, books and other materials" that now appear to have been sent by the Yemeni militant group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to test logistics of the air cargo system, the official said.

The apparent dry run was disclosed first Monday night in a report by ABC News.


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