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Suspicious Packages Probed as Possible Dry Run

Authorities Investigating Whether Manipulated Toner Cartridge Was Test Run for Mail Bomb Plot, Official Says

  • A jet lands near a United Parcel Service jet that is seen isolated on a runway at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.A jet lands near a United Parcel Service jet that is seen isolated on a runway at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(CBS/AP) Investigators are probing whether a string of suspicious packages was a dry run for a mail bomb blot, according to a U.S. official.

A suspicious package containing a toner cartridge with wires and powder was found during routine screening of cargo in the United Kingdom, prompting authorities to scour three planes and two trucks in the United States on Friday.

Two planes were searched in Philadelphia along with one in Newark, N.J. Two delivery trucks were also examined in New York City. No explosives were found in either the U.S. or the U.K.

The early focus of the investigation centers on Yemen. A Joint Terrorism Task Force source tells CBS News that investigators are looking for between 10-20 packages shipped out of the UPS office in Sanna, Yemen.

Yemen is the home of the al Qaeda branch that claimed responsibility for an attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas.

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