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- Makeshift bombs were sent to two of London’s airports and its busiest train station on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.
- The packages were sent to the postal room of Waterloo Station and the head offices of London’s Heathrow Airport and City Airport, the police said. No one was hurt.
- The police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating and treating the incidents as “linked.”
- Irish authorities are also assisting in the investigation, as the packages were marked with Irish stamps.
The police in London said they launched a counterterrorism investigation after makeshift bombs were sent to two of the city’s airports and its busiest train station on Tuesday.
The Metropolitan Police described the three packages sent to Heathrow Airport, London City Airport, and Waterloo Station as “small improvised explosive devices” in “A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags.”
“These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened,” the police said.
By Tuesday evening, authorities had released images of the package that showed Republic of Ireland postage, and the city Dublin listed as a return address.
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An Gardaí Síochána, the Irish authorities, confirmed they’re assisting London police in the investigation, according to Sky News.
One source told the Guardian that despite the Irish postage, they were not immediately jumping to the conclusion that the devices were the work of Irish republican terrorists.
The police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating and treating the incidents as “linked.”
No one was hurt, and trains and flights were not delayed, the police said.
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The police said they received a report of the first package, at the head office of Heathrow Airport, at 9:55 a.m. local time. The building was evacuated “as a precaution,” they said. It remained closed as of 5 p.m.
A Heathrow Airport spokeswoman said in a statement to Business Insider that employees were able to “evacuate safely without injury” after the package was reported. She said the airport “remains operational, flights are not impacted, and passengers are able to travel as normal.”
The police said they were then called at about 11:40 a.m. about a suspicious package in the mail room of Waterloo Station, where specialist officers inspected and disarmed the package.
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The police said they were alerted at 12:10 p.m. to another package in the head office of City Airport, where staff members were ordered to evacuate as a precaution.
“The package was not opened and no one was injured,” the police said. “Specialist officers attended and made safe the device. The building has been reopened.”
The police said no arrests had been made but urged transport hubs in the city to report any other suspicious packages.