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REFILING: LEAD: Planes searched after suspicious item found in Britain: report.

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 Kyodo


A suspicious package found aboard a United Parcel Service cargo plane near London prompted searches in two airports in the eastern United States, CNN reported Friday.

The report said a ''manipulated'' ink toner cartridge was found aboard a UPS flight traveling to Chicago from Yemen when it stopped in an airport in East Midlands late Thursday. Concerns about the possibility of similar devices prompted U.S. authorities to check cargo planes in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, it said.

The package had white powder on it as well as wires and a circuit board, and was shipped from Sanaa, Yemen to Chicago, the report said, citing a law-enforcement source.

The report said a similar package has been discovered in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. officials believe that a militant Islamist organization, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, is behind the plot, the report said, adding that synagogues in Chicago were possible targets.

Another major cargo carrier FedEx Corp. stopped all flights from Yemen to the United States, the report said.

Meanwhile, a bomb squad responded to a report of a suspected explosive device inside a package aboard a UPS truck in New York, it said.

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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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