Check cargo coming from Yemen, Somalia: Govt

Govt has directed all air and sea ports and the postal department to thoroughly check any cargo coming from Yemen and Somalia in the wake of detection of two US-bound parcel bombs sent from Yemen in an alleged al-Qaeda plot.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 23:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has directed all air
and sea ports and the postal department to thoroughly check
any cargo coming from Yemen and Somalia in the wake of
detection of two US-bound parcel bombs sent from Yemen in an
alleged al-Qaeda plot.

The instruction, which has come into effect from midnight
last night, has been sent to all air and sea ports besides
Department of Posts asking them to thoroughly check all
freight arriving from Yemen and Somalia.

"Since India has witnessed many terror attacks in the
past, we don`t want to take any chance," a Home Ministry
official said.

Several countries, including the United States, Canada
and Germany have banned freight services from the Arabian
peninsula country after two parcel bombs addressed to Jewish
institutions in Chicago and containing the lethal explosive
PETN hidden in ink toner cartridges were uncovered on Thursday
on cargo planes en route to the US.

Government also does not want to take any chance as US
President Barack Obama will arrive in the country on November
6 on a three-day visit.

-PTI