Explosives found in packages at major London transit hubs

The packages were found at Waterloo railway station, City Airport and Heathrow, no injuries are reported

Photo: EPA Police at Waterloo Station

Three small explosive devices in plastic mailing bags arrived at offices for two London airports and at a train station Tuesday, in what Scotland Yard believes to be a series of linked incidents. According to several statements by the investigating authorities, officials found the packages at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and the Waterloo Station train hub, London’s Metropolitan. The Irish police said they were helping British counter-terrorism police with the investigation. 

“These devices, at this early stage of the investigation, appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened,” police said in a statement.

The first package was found at The Compass Centre on Heathrow’s campus at 9:55 - about 1,000 feet from the tarmac. The building was evacuated, but neither airport terminals nor flights were affected, police said. Then, a second device was discovered in a post room at Waterloo around 11:40 am, and the area was cordoned off. The third turned up inside City Aviation House at London City Airport around 12:20 p.m., prompting the evacuation of that building, as well as temporary suspension of an air tram.

Fortunately, none of the devices was triggered, and no injuries have been reported.Meanwhile, no arrests have been neither made and inquiries are continuing.

Since all three devices were sent in the same padded A4-postal bags, officials are currently investigating the incidents as a single case. For now it is understood that at least two of the packages had Republic of Ireland postage stamps. Investigators, however, were not jumping to the conclusion that the motive was to further the cause of Irish republican terrorists. Police also believes whoever sent the packages did not mean to kill.

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