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Chicago on alert after suspicious devices found on planes from Yemen

10-30-2010 08:53 BJT

CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Two suspicious packages found on cargo flights from the Middle East were addressed to religious institutions in the U.S. metropolis of Chicago, the FBI said on Friday.

"All churches, synagogues and mosques in the Chicago area should be vigilant for any unsolicited or unexpected packages, especially those originating from overseas locations," The Chicago Tribune quoted the FBI as saying.

One package on a plane bound to Chicago from Yemen was searched in Britain and found to contain a toner cartridge with wires and powder, prompting authorities to search several flights that had landed at U.S. airports.

The package was later found not to contain explosive materials, authorities said. Officials were investigating whether the suspicious packages were a dry run.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chicago said it has advised local synagogues to be on alert after receiving a warning this morning from "authorities."

The Chicago Department of Aviation said it had received no alerts from the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the FBI or the Chicago Police Department.

 

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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