British counter-terror police launch probe into explosive packages found in London

EXPLOSIVE FIND: One of the packages was found at Waterloo Station CREDIT: Shutterstock

OFFICERS with the London Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror squad have launched a probe after packages which they said contained explosives were found at three locations in the British capital.

Police sources said the small, improvised explosives were in A4 post bags. They were found at Heathrow and London City airports and at the Waterloo rail station.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said one of the packages set alight after staff opened it.

No one was hurt by the packages but people at Heathrow’s Compass Centre were evacuated after one parcel was found and reported at around 9.55am. Two more were found in the next three hours, with around 100 people evacuated from Waterloo Station.

An investigation remains open and police are keeping an open mind as to the motives behind the deliveries, with officers treating them as connected according to Met sources.

Police have called on the public to report anything suspicious found at transport hubs in the capital.

No arrests have been made as the investigation continues.

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