Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for an international mail bomb plot uncovered last week and the crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai in September.
Two parcels packed with explosives were discovered last week on US-bound flights in London and Dubai. U.S. special services believe the bombs had been sent from Yemen and were intended for Chicago-based Jewish synagogues.
AQAP issued a statement on Friday saying it was behind the bomb plot, the private SITE Intelligence Group reported.
In its statement, posted on various radical Islamist websites, the terrorist group said it would continue to strike U.S. and Western interests by targeting both civilian and cargo planes.
A number of U.S. officials previously said they were confident that al-Qaeda's Yemen branch was responsible for the plot.
The AQAP's statement also claimed the group was responsible for the September 3 crash of the Boeing 747-400 cargo plane bound from Dubai to Cologne.
The plane crashed near an air force base in Dubai soon after pilots reported a fire on the plane's main cargo deck. Investigators have said there is no evidence that the crash was caused by a bomb.
MOSCOW, November 6 (RIA Novosti)