Comment: A device originally confirmed not to contain any explosive material has now morphed into a deadly bomb that was just about to explode. Are you scared yet?
Nov 4, 2010
One of the al-Qaeda plane bombs from the Yemen discovered by security services was disarmed just 17 minutes before it was set to go off, it has emerged.
Scotland Yard explosives officers found a device hidden in a printer cartridge at East Midlands Airport around 2pm last Friday and another device was found in Dubai.
Brice Hortefeux, the French interior minister told French TV tday: “One of the packages was defused only 17 minutes before the moment that it was set to explode.”
It was unclear whether he was referring to the device found in Leicester or that found in Dubai.
A Metropolitan Police source said they were “still investigating” what time the device found at East Midlands airport was set to explode.