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Terror Investigators Look For At Least 26 More Packages

WASHINGTON - Authorities in the U.S. and abroad are searching for two dozen more suspect packages after intercepting two mail bombs addressed to Chicago-area synagogues.

It's believed the packages were sent by al-Qaida in Yemen. Authorities on three continents thwarted the attacks when yesterday when they seized explosives on cargo planes in the United Arab Emirates and England. In the U.S., there have been searches of planes and parcel trucks. And officials have temporarily banned all new cargo from Yemen.

Several U.S. officials say they were increasingly confident that al-Qaida's Yemen branch, the group behind the failed Detroit airliner bombing last Christmas, is responsible. A similar explosive was involved.

President Barack Obama called the coordinated attacks a "credible terrorist threat." A Yemeni security official said the investigation involved about 26 suspected packages. Some have left Yemen and others are still in the country.

Cargo workers at the airport in Yemen as well as employees of the local shipping companies contracted to work with FedEx and UPS are being questioned.

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