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Qatar Air says may not have carried air-cargo bomb

Doha-based airline’s CEO says original information was 'immature and not properly researched'

Qatar Air says may not have carried air-cargo bomb
DOHA CARRIER: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

Qatar Airways said there was a “possibility” that a US-bound bomb discovered in Dubai may have travelled to the city from Yemen on board another carrier’s aircraft.

Information from a FedEx shipping document suggests the package may not have flown on Qatar planes, the Doha-based airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker told reporters in Hanoi on Tuesday.

The carrier on October 31 said it had flown explosives on board two passenger flights.

“There’s a possibility that this package actually wasn’t carried by Qatar Airways,” Al Baker said. The original information was “immature and not properly researched,” he said.

Governments worldwide have stepped up air-cargo security measures since two bombs headed for synagogues in Chicago were discovered in the UK and Dubai following intelligence tipoffs. The explosives were hidden in printer cartridges in packages that originated in Yemen.

Qatar Air on October 31 said the package was transported on a flight from Sana’a, Yemen, to Doha, Qatar before being carried onto Dubai.

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