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‘Explosives enough to blow 50 jets’

Ink cartridges turned into powerful bombs by suspected al Qaeda militants contained ample explosives to blow up 50 jets, according to experts.

world Updated: Nov 03, 2010 00:09 IST

Ink cartridges turned into powerful bombs by suspected al Qaeda militants contained ample explosives to blow up 50 jets, according to experts.

"Had even one of the powerful devices gone off, it would have ripped an aircraft in half," British Home Secretary Theresa May was quoted as saying by the tabloid ‘The Sun’.

May confirmed that the murderous capability of al Qaeda’s latest weapons confirmed that fanatics in Yemen, who hatched the plot were planning fresh strikes in US and Europe.

Sun quoting British forensic experts said 300g of the powerful substance PETN was found in one of the bombs hidden in a computer printer cartridge and the other bomb had even more lethal potency of 400g.

Hans Michels, Professor of Safety Engineering at University College London told the paper that just 6 grams — around 50 times less than was used — would be enough to blast a hole in metal plate twice the thickness of an aircraft’s skin.