Dubai-based logistics company Aramex says it has stopped shipping packages from Yemen after a terrorist group in the country was linked to explosives packages found on aeroplanes in several locations around the world.

Aramex chief executive said that immediately after the explosives were discovered, the firm decided to stop shipping packages from Yemen.

“We stopped taking packages out of Yemen the same day,” says Fadi Ghandour. He added that as a result of heightened security concerns, the firm was investing in new screening equipment to help filter out suspicious packages.

He also said the company was monitoring the situation in other countries, and may stop shipping packages from them as well. “There are other countries that we are also watching,” he says. Ghandour would not comment on which countries they were.

On 29 October, explosive devices were found in Dubai and in the UK on cargo planes bound for the US. An Emirates passenger flight was also escorted into New York by US fighter jets.