Yemen Bomb Was 17 Minutes From Exploding

France's interior minister gives new details
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 4, 2010 6:48 AM CDT
Updated Nov 4, 2010 7:56 AM CDT
A Yemeni shopkeeper waits for customers at a market in the old San'a, Yemen, Tuesday. Nov. 2, 2010.   (Hasan Jamali)
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(Newser) – One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was defused just 17 minutes before it was set to explode, the French interior minister said today. Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview on France's state-run France-2 television, and did not say where he got the information about the timing. Officials earlier determined the bombs were wired to cell phones that could not receive calls, making it likely the terrorists intended the alarm or timer functions to detonate the bombs. Click here for more on the plot.

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