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Letter Bombs In Greece, Suspicious Packages From Yemen, And More Spur Security Concerns

First Posted: 11/02/10 03:57 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Bombings across the world made headlines in the last few days, as multiple world leaders were targeted, embassies faced blasts, an oil pipeline exploded, and more. The chaos has caused nations across the globe to tighten security and begin investigations.

On Friday, Obama announced a "credible terrorist threat" after US-bound packages containing explosive material were found in Dubai and Britain. Searches of airports along the Eastern seaboard of the US followed, as well as the grounding of an Emirates passenger plane. Dozens more suspicious packages were eventually searched as the US pointed to Yemen as their origin. You can view a timeline of those events here.

Yemen is suffering it's own crisis today, as suspected al-Qaeda militants blew up an oil pipeline in Southern Yemen, causing an oil leak and spewing black clouds into the sky. Yemeni authorities are currently charging radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in absentia for his role in terrorist attacks against the US.

Meanwhile, in Athens, a spate of mail bombs exploded outside of foreign embassies, while suspicious packages headed to France's President Nicholas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were seized. Greece is blaming far-left groups for the attacks.

Finally, eight bombs ripped through Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 62 people. Iraq is still reeling from the siege of an Iraqi church that left 52 dead on Monday.

Below, view photos of the recent surge in worldwide bombings.

PHOTOS:

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  • October 29

    This image provided by CBS News shows a printer toner cartridge with wires and powder found aboard a plane in East Midlands, north of London. The package in which the cartridge was found was one of two packages seized Friday addressed to Chicago-area synagogues.

  • October 30

    Two U.S.-bound packages from Yemen are said to contain hidden explosives, prompting the search of multiple US airports.

  • November 1

    A letter bomb addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy is recovered when a first round of letter bombs was found after one exploded in the hands of a courier agent.

  • November 2

    Small mail bombs explode outside the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens, Greece.

  • November 2

    Explosives are found in a package in the mail room of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office.

  • November 2

    Just two days after gunmen held a Christian congregation hostage and killed 58, rapid-fire bombings and mortar strikes killed another 62 and left 180 wounded across mostly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad.

  • November 2

    Suspected al-Qaeda militants blow up an oil pipeline in southern Yemen, causing an oil leak and sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

Slideshow by Curtis M. Wong.

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