Mail bombs in Germany and Greece; pipe blast in Yemen
In an explosive day across Europe and the Middle East, Greek police detonated small mail bombs outside the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens; German police disarmed a potentially harmful package from Greece at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office; and suspected al-Qaeda militants blew up an oil pipeline in southern Yemen.
The police said domestic political extremists were suspected in the German and Greece incidents that targeted European leaders, including French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
The police do not think the mail bombs have any connection to the Yemeni bomb plot that was thwarted last week.
However, it did raise concerns about the security of cargo and parcels, as there are few security checks on the ground once a package reaches Europe. The German mail bomb had been sent through UPS from Greece.
Countries have tightened regulations on air courier packages from Yemen since the revelation that two bombs had been concealed inside printer cartridges.
The attack on the pipeline in Yemen Tuesday may have been caused by the same group responsible for the printer cartridge devices.
No one was killed in any of the incidents.
| November 2, 2010; 5:29 PM ET
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