Britain holds emergency talks on security alert: Official

The British government`s emergency committee met today to discuss the security alert sparked by the discovery of a package containing explosives at an English airport, an official said.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 20:57 PM IST

London: The British government`s emergency committee met today to discuss the security alert sparked by the discovery of a package containing explosives at
an English airport, an official said.

"Cobra is underway at the moment," a Home Office
spokeswoman told AFP, referring to the committee, which
changes in composition depending on the situation but will
likely include senior ministers and the security forces.

The meeting is being chaired by Home Secretary Theresa
May, who issued a statement overnight saying that a package
from Yemen found on a cargo jet at East Midlands airport in
central England yesterday contained explosives.

She said investigations were still underway to
establish if it was a "viable" bomb.

Prime Minister David Cameron is currently at his
official countryside retreat at Chequers outside London, where
he will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband
later today, and will not attend the Cobra meeting.

But a spokeswoman for his Downing Street office said
he had spoken to the home secretary and was being kept up to
date with the situation.

May is expected to issue a statement after the
meeting, which media reports suggest will take about an hour.

The British package, and one found in Dubai, were
headed for the United States and their discovery sparked an
international security alert. US President Barack Obama said
they represented a "credible terrorist threat".

PTI