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Synagogue leader: We were not target of parcel bomb plot

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Leaders of Or Chadash originally believed they were a target of mailed explosives
  • The co-president now says that they were not the destination for a package
  • She has spoken to the FBI about the case

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) -- A Chicago synagogue thought to be one destination for a parcel bomb was actually never a target, a congregation leader said Wednesday.

Lilli Kornblum, co-president of Or Chadash, said that despite earlier reports, an FBI agent informed her that her synagogue was not one of the intended destinations in the foiled bomb plot that originated in Yemen.

Over the weekend, Kornblum said that she got information from a string of sources that led her to believe that Or Chadash, which is dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community was linked to the plot.

She didn't elaborate on why she was wrong, other than to say that she had spoken with an FBI agent about the case.

Authorities suspect that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the two packages with explosives that were shipped from Yemen.

President Barack Obama said that the packages were bound for "two places of Jewish worship in Chicago," but did not name them.