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U.S. increases security at overseas airports amid bomb concerns

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson speaks to the media at the Nogales Border Patrol Station in Nogales, ArizonaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it would increase security at overseas airports with direct flights into the country and U.S. officials cited concerns al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes. European airports would be taking the extra precautions, the U.S. officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The Department of Homeland Security said “enhanced security measures” would be implemented in the next few days at “certain overseas airports with direct flights into the United States.” It did not specify which airports or what countries would be affected, nor did it say what triggered the extra precautions.

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