U.K. Uncovers 'Advanced' Bomb Plot; U.S. Targeted British authorities say they have thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft to the United States using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as "mass murder on an unimaginable scale."
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U.K. Uncovers 'Advanced' Bomb Plot; U.S. Targeted

Officials Comment on Plot

President Bush says foiled plot is a reminder that the nation is at war with 'Islamic fascists.'

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Chertoff: Plot was sophisticated, international and involved significant number of operatives.

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Chertoff announces temporary ban on liquids in aircraft cabins. He advises travelers to pack lightly.

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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: "A vicious and determined enemy... is intent on harming American lives."

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