Yemen official: Arrested woman didn't mail bombs

This undated photo released by the Dubai Police via the state Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, claims to show parts of a computer printer with explosives loaded into its toner cartridge found in a package onboard a cargo plane coming from Yemen, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai police say the bomb, discovered in the ink cartridge of a computer printer in a shipment of air cargo from Yemen bound for the United States, contained the powerful explosive PETN and bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida. (AP Photo/Dubai Police via Emirates News Agency) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES **

October 31, 2010 1:20:01 PM PDT
The young Yemeni woman arrested on suspicion of mailing powerful bombs to U.S. synagogues was released on bail Sunday, and a Yemeni official said authorities no longer believe she shipped the bombs.

Authorities arrested the woman after tracking the name and address used on the packages. But after the woman was arrested, the shipping agent said she wasn't the one who signed the shipping documents, the official said.

The release means investigators no longer have any suspects in custody in a suspected al-Qaida plot that authorities believe was intended to take down cargo jetliners.

The Yemeni official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said investigators now believe someone stole her identity and used it to mail the bombs. Whoever mailed the bombs had used her name, address and telephone number, the official said.

The woman, an engineering student, was released on bail but cannot leave the country pending further questioning.


Matt Apuzzo contributed to this report.