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US issues new security rules for air cargo

world Updated: Nov 11, 2010 09:16 IST

The United States has banned all cargo from Yemen and Somalia and prohibited the transport of printer toner and ink cartridges weighing more than one pound (half a kilogram) on passenger flights.

The new rules come after counterterrorism officials thwarted a terror plot last month that shipped bombs hidden inside printers in packages bound on aircraft from Yemen to the
US.

Immediately after officials learned of the plot, the US ordered a temporary ban on all cargo from Yemen. Monday's announcement extends that ban to Somalia, where intelligence officials believe terrorists are actively plotting attacks against the US.