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London bomb threat: London police are investigating 3 bombs found near major transport hubs today – live updates




Three small explosive devices in plastic mailboxes came to offices for two London airports and on a railway station on Tuesday, and the Irish police said they helped British terrorism policy with the investigation.

London's Metropolitan Police Service said units located near London's Heathrow and City airports and Waterloo Station "are able to light an original small fire when opened." An employee knocked out the bag that was sent to an office building on Heathrow's grounds, "causing the unit to start," police said.

Part of the package was burned, but no one was injured, police said. The compass center was evacuated as a precaution. The building is not near passenger terminals in Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport, and the aircraft were not affected.

The Heathrow property is where the first of the three explosive devices was discovered at 9:55 am

The transport police received a call at 1[ads1]1:40 am after another suspicious package appeared in the post room at busy Waterloo station. The latter was found just after dinner at the City Airport administration building, a much smaller commercial airport. No one had opened any of these packages.

The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command "treats the events as a linked series" and "keeps an open mind about motives," said the department in a statement.

Sky News correspondent Alistair Bunkall tweeted a picture of what he said was the package sent to the Heathrow office building. The stamps on the envelope have images of hearts and resemble those issued by Ireland's post office for Valentine's Day 2018.

Police in Ireland told the Associated Press on Tuesday night that they assisted British investigators but gave not an explanation or details.

No person or group claimed responsibility for sending the units and the police said they had not arrested.

City Airport train services were temporarily suspended and the City Aviation House administrative building was evacuated. The planes were not affected.

Police recommended transport stations across the UK to be "vigilant" and report suspicious packages. London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged London's residents and visitors to do the same.

The official terrorist threat in the UK is set to "serious," indicating that intelligence analysts believe an attack is very likely.



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