United Kingdom police probe suspect package link to London explosives

UK Terror Police Say ‘Improvised Explosive’ Devices Sent to University Airports Linked		Metropolitan Police7 Mar 2019

Lectures were cancelled but the university said it was expected to be open as usual on Thursday.

Later Wednesday, police were called to the University of Essex, in England, for another report of a suspicious package.

Commander Clarke Jarrett, from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "Due to similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow, we are treating it as being linked to the three packages we're investigating in London".

A spokesperson for police in Dumfries said: "Around 12:30 today, police received a report of a suspicious package found at the University of Glasgow campus in Dumfries".

The Glasgow University incident is believed to be linked to explosive devices that were sent to addresses in London yesterday. However, this has not been confirmed, The University of Glasgow have just said a suspicious package has been found.

He said bomb-disposal experts later performed a controlled explosion on the item.

Bus Éireann said British police had not been in contact, with a spokeswoman saying: "Bus Éireann are now not aware of this and we have no further comment". The Edinburgh package was found to contain "promotional goods".

"Dean Haydon, Britain's senior national co-ordinator for counterterrorism policing, said no sender had been identified and no group had claimed responsibility".

Tuesday's suspicious packages were found at an office block next to Heathrow Airport, the post room at Waterloo station, and at offices near London City Airport in the east of the capital, according to Scotland Yard.

There has been speculation the devices could be connected to Irish Republican Army dissidents.

"We are talking to our Irish counterparts but at the moment there's nothing to indicate motivation of the sender or ideology, so I can not confirm at the moment if it's connected to any Ireland-related terrorist groups", he said.

"We are talking to our Irish counterparts but at the moment there's nothing to indicate motivation of the sender or ideology, so I can not confirm at the moment if it's connected to any Ireland-related terrorist groups", he said.

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