UK Says Yemen Bomb Could Have Brought Down Plane

Parcels containing bombs addressed to synagogues in US

LONDON/SANAA (Reuters) – A bomb found on a U.S.-bound cargo plane was powerful enough to bring down an aircraft, British authorities said Saturday, as forces in Yemen searched for suspected al Qaeda militants behind a plot involving Jewish targets in Chicago.

“I can confirm the device was viable and could have exploded. The target may have been an aircraft and had it detonated the aircraft could have been brought down,” British Home Secretary Theresa May said.

Two parcels containing explosives — addressed to synagogues in Chicago and sent from Yemen — were intercepted in Dubai and Britain Friday, following an intelligence tipoff that triggered a massive international response.

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