Suspect In Custody As Bomb Investigation Goes On
LIANE HANSEN, Host:
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T: NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten is following the story and in our D.C. studio. Good morning, Tom.
TOM GJELTEN: Good morning, Liane.
HANSEN: Officials in Yemen yesterday said they've taken into custody a young women and her mother, both believed to have a role in this attempted bombing. What does it suggest to you?
GJELTEN: The Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, said that the authorities there acted on intelligence partly from U.S. officials. We know there are U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials in Yemen now working on this case. They do have some information about who mailed these packages based on tracking numbers, return addresses. But Yemeni authorities are also saying - cautiously - that documents have probably been forged, so I think it's way too soon to say that they are on track to find out who was responsible.
HANSEN: What more do you know about the bombs themselves and the intended targets?
GJELTEN: U.S. officials are not ready to say that. The one thing they will not talk about here is what kind of trigger mechanism was in these bombs, in these packages. We know they were addressed to synagogues in Chicago. But if the idea was to for them to explode at those synagogues, they would have, again, had to be some kind of device to explode it when it opened up. We just don't know what the trigger mechanism was here, therefore we can't say what the idea was, what the target was.
HANSEN: How was this attack avoided? I mean, it sounds like a very successful interception of what could have been a deadly attack.
GJELTEN: But we know there was a tip from Saudi intelligence officials that these bombs were there and coming, and that was how they tracked it down.
HANSEN: NPR's correspondent Tom Gjelten, in our Washington, D.C. studio. Tom, thank you very much.
GJELTEN: Any time, Liane.
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