x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UK bans all unaccompanied air freight from Yemen

Britain bans the movement of all unaccompanied air freight originating from Yemen following the discovery of mail bombs aimed at America.

LONDON // British Home Secretary Theresa May says that the UK has banned the movement of all unaccompanied air freight originating from Yemen following the discovery of mail bombs aimed at the US.

The announcement further restricts the movement of people and cargo from Yemen. Direct air freight and passenger links were severed in January following the Christmas Day attack on Detroit-bound jet.

May told journalists on Saturday that Britain would nevertheless not be increasing its terror threat level, which currently stands at severe, meaning that a terror attack is highly likely.

She also confirmed that the device found at England's East Midlands Airport - one of several suspect packages discovered Friday - was viable and could have been used to blow up a plane.