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Militant group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has said it sent two parcel bombs on cargo planes bound for the US last week, in messages on Islamist websites.
The group also said it was responsible for bringing down an American cargo plane in Dubai in September.
Yemen-based AQAP vowed to continue to target the US and its allies.
The bombs were made safe after being discovered on flights from Yemen which landed in Dubai and the UK.
The two devices sent on 29 October were intercepted after a tip-off from an al-Qaeda member who handed himself in in Saudi Arabia, UK officials said.
The messages accused the Saudi authorities of thwarting the attack and of "collaboration with the Jews".
The packages, which contained the powerful explosive PETN concealed in printer ink cartridges, were addressed to synagogues in Chicago.
Security forces in Yemen are hunting for AQAP's suspected bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, in connection with the plot.
On 3 September, a UPS cargo plane came down near Dubai airport shortly after take-off, killing two crew members. Investigators have not yet determined what caused the crash.
In a message directed at US President Barack Obama, the group said: "We have struck three blows at your aeroplanes in a single year. And God willing, we will continue to strike our blows against American interests and the interests of America's allies."
The statement was reported by the Site group, which monitors Islamist websites.
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