Incident Summary:

10/29/2010: Authorities intercepted a FedEx plane in Dubai, UAE when they were alerted to the presence of an explosive device on board. Officials located and safely defused an improvised explosive device, a package containing PETN hidden inside a printer cartridge, before it could detonate. Four militants were arrested in connection with the incident, which was linked to a similar attempt on a UPS cargo plane that was grounded in the United Kingdom. The packages were sent from Yemen, addressed to synagogues in Chicago. Al Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Arab Emirates

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Federal Express
Specific Description Federal Express plane
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device, PETN in a printer cartridge, was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ahmed Al-Haj & Matt Apuzzo, "Yemeni Arrested, Al-Qaida Bomber Eyed in Mail Plot," Associated Press, October 30, 2010,
Saad Abedine, "Yemen-Based Al Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility for Parcel Bomb Plot," CNN, November 5, 2010,
BBC Monitoring Europe, "Q&A: Air Freight Bomb Plot," BBC Monitoring Europe, November 2, 2010,