London police open terror probe after three small bombs found
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London police open terror probe after three small bombs found

No injuries reported; flights not affected after packages found near Heathrow, City Airport and Waterloo Station

A policewoman stands guard outside Waterloo Station, central London on March 5, 2019, following a report of a suspicious package at the station. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
A policewoman stands guard outside Waterloo Station, central London on March 5, 2019, following a report of a suspicious package at the station. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

LONDON — Britain’s counterterrorism police were investigating after three padded mailing bags with what appeared to be small explosive devices inside were found Tuesday in London.

Police said smaller bags inside the mailers enclosed the devices that “appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.”

Officials said the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command “is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives.”

One mailer was found near Heathrow Airport. A building was evacuated as a precaution after the package was opened and part of it burned.

Officials said the building was not at the airport and flights were not affected. There were no injuries.

Another mailer turned up near City Airport, and the third in the mail room at Waterloo Station. The package at the rail station was not opened.

London police advised transport hubs across London to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages and said no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation.

Irish police later said they were “assisting the Metropolitan police with their inquiries,” as Sky News reported that the packages had Irish stamps on them.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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