IRA ‘claim responsibility’ for letter bombs sent to London and Glasgow

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IRA ‘claim responsibility’ for letter bombs sent to London and Glasgow

The IRA have allegedly claimed responsibility for a number of explosive devices planted in buildings across London and Glasgow last week.

Police spoke out today stating they were aware of the claim, which was received by a media outlet in Northern Ireland yesterday, using a recognised code word.

The claim indicated that five devices were sent, however only four have so far been recovered.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of an improvised explosive device (IED) which was sent to The Compass Centre, Heathrow, one of three IEDs which were sent to addresses in London yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 6, 2019. See PA story POLICE Packages. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Police spoke out today stating they were aware of the claim, which was received by a media outlet in Northern Ireland yesterday, using a recognised code word (Picture: PA)

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘The investigations into these devices continue and relevant enquiries are being made in relation to the claim that has been made.

‘Given the packages received last week bore similarities to devices sent in the past which were linked to dissident groups associated with Northern Ireland-related terrorism, officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.

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‘However, we continue to keep an open mind and enquiries continue.

‘We are also aware that those claiming responsibility have indicated five devices were sent. At this time, only four devices have been recovered.

‘Extensive advice has already been issued to relevant businesses and sectors to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police.

Police outside the University of Glasgow in Glasgow after the building was evacuated when a suspect package was found in the mailroom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 6, 2019. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘The investigations into these devices continue and relevant enquiries are being made in relation to the claim that has been made’ (Picture: PA)

The scene outside Glasgow University where the bomb squard are investigating a suspect package, March 6 2019. See SWNS story SWSCbomb; Glasgow University has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the university mailroom. Following advice from Police Scotland, a number of buildings on campus have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. The buildings that have been evacuated will remain closed for the rest of the day with classes in the affected buildings cancelled. A police spokesperson said: "Around 10:50am, on Wednesday 6 March 2019, police received two reports of suspicious packages found at the University of Glasgow and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

‘We are also aware that those claiming responsibility have indicated five devices were sent. At this time, only four devices have been recovered’ (Picture: SWNS)

A British Transport Police vehicle at Waterloo Railway Station, London, after three small improvised explosive devices were found at buildings at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo in what the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command said was being treated as a 'linked series'. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 5, 2019. See PA story POLICE Packages. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The claim indicated that five devices were sent, however only four have so far been recovered (Picture: PA)

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of an improvised explosive device (IED) which was sent to Waterloo Railway Station, one of three IEDs which were sent to addresses in London yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 6, 2019. See PA story POLICE Packages. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The packages were delivered last week (Picture: PA)

‘This advice was previously sent to armed forces personnel and is being reiterated again in light of this claim.

‘We continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.’

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Police were first called on March 5 at around 9.55am following reports of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre in Hounslow.

The package was opened by staff at the building, causing the device to initiate. This resulted in part of the package burning.

At approximately 11.40am, British Transport Police were called to reports of a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo Station.

The package was not opened. Specialist officers attended and made the device safe and no one was injured.

The station was not evacuated however cordons were erected in a small area on Cab Road, outside the station.

'Suspicious packages' investigated at Waterloo Station in London Featuring: Police Where: London, United Kingdom When: 05 Mar 2019 Credit: Luke Dray/Cover Images **All usages and enquiries, please contact info@cover-images.com - +44 (0)20 3397 3000**

At approximately 11.40am, British Transport Police were called to reports of a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo Station (Picture: Luke Dray/ Cover Images)

Police officers secure the scene where suspicious package was found near Waterloo railway station in London, Britain March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Police officers secure the scene where suspicious package was found near Waterloo railway station (Picture: Reuters)

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/03/2019. London, UK. Emergency services on the scene at London City Airport where police were called to reports of a suspicious package. Suspicious packages have also been found at Heathrow Airport and London Waterloo Station. Photo credit: Rob Pinney/LNP

Emergency services on the scene at London City Airport where police were called to reports of a suspicious package (Picture: LNP)

At approximately 12.10pm, police were called to a report of a suspicious package at offices at City Aviation House in Newham.

Staff were evacuated from the building as a precaution but the package was not opened and no one was injured.

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Specialist officers attended and made safe the device.

One day later on March 6, a suspicious package was received at the University of Glasgow.

The package was not opened and no one was injured, however emergency services were alerted and several buildings within the estate were evacuated as a precaution.

Specialist officers subsequently carried out a controlled explosion of the device.

Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are leading the investigation into the three packages received in London, whilst Police Scotland, under direction from the Crown, is leading the investigation into the package received at the University of Glasgow.

The Met Police spokesman added: ‘Both investigation teams are working closely together to share any information or intelligence that could assist their respective inquiries.

‘Enquiries continue.’

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