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US issues new security rules for air cargo

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.

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.