'IRA' claims responsibility for suspicious packages

Small parcel bombs like that above were mailed to locations in London and Glasgow

Small parcel bombs like that above were mailed to locations in London and Glasgow

The packages were found at transport hubs in the United Kingdom bearing Irish stamps, and police now say a group claiming to be the IRA has claimed responsibly for the explosive packages and say there is still one unaccounted for.

Main image: A police cordon outside Waterloo Railway Station after three small improvised explosive devices were found at buildings at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo train station.

According to Met Police and Police Scotland, a media outlet in the North yesterday received a claim of responsibility.

"The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the "IRA", police said, referring to the Irish Republican Army, which has been in a cease-fire for years.

"Enquiries are being made in relation to the claim". "At this time, only four devices have been recovered", police said in a statement.

In a joint statement, the two forces also revealed that the group is claiming to have sent five packages to various addresses in the United Kingdom, but to date only four have been recovered.

The Met Police issued extensive advice to transport hubs and mail-sorting companies to be vigilant about and report suspicious packages. In an emergency always dial 999. Thanks to the vigilance of post-room staff at the premises where the devices were sent, only one was opened and sparked in to life causing little damage.

The second package was opened at the Compass Centre in Hounslow triggering the device which burnt part of the package.

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Counter terror police were called in last week when a suspicious package sent to Heathrow ignited and burst into flames when it was opened.

In this handout photo provided by Sky News, a suspect package that was sent to Waterloo station is seen in England, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Nobody was injured in the incidents.

The others in London were made safe by specialist officers, while the one in Glasgow was disposed of though a controlled explosion.

"At approximately 12:10am police were called to a report of a suspicious package at offices at City Aviation House, Royal Docks, Newham".

Several university buildings were evacuated before bomb disposal officers detonated the item.

Both investigation teams say they are working closely together to share any information or intelligence that could assist their respective inquiries.

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