Explosive device defused in central London (MORE: 2ND CAR CONFIRMED TO HAVE “MASSIVE” CAR BOMB)

Posted by: ST on June 29, 2007 at 6:27 am

Via the AP:

LONDON — Police defused an explosive device found in a parked car in central London on Friday, and the new government called an emergency meeting of senior security chiefs to investigate what many feared could have been a planned terror attack.

Police said the car — parked near busy Piccadilly Circus — contained a “potentially viable explosive device” but would not give further details.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who took office on Wednesday, said the incident was a reminder that Britain faces “a serious and continuous threat” and the “need to be alert.”

“I will stress to the Cabinet that the vigilance must be maintained over the next few days,” Brown said.

The incident comes a week before the second anniversary of the July 7 London bombings, when four British Muslim homicide bombers killed themselves and 52 bus and subway passengers.

For more than a year, the government has held the country’s terrorist threat level at severe — which means a terrorist attack is highly likely.

Officers were called to The Haymarket shortly before 2 a.m., a police statement said.

The Haymarket is the site of restaurants, bars, a cinema complex and, most famously, theaters. On a Thursday night, the area would have been buzzing with crowds of people. The broad street links Piccadilly Circus in the north to the Pall Mall at its southern end.

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Sky News broadcast a photograph of the vehicle taken early in the morning, showing a green canister beside the car and the backseat door open with blankets spilling out.

The station cited witnesses as saying doormen from a nearby nightclub had reported that someone had crashed a Mercedes sedan into garbage bins and ran away.

Pajamas Media has more, including reports that police are now searching landmark sites in London for other explosive devices. Stay tuned …

Update I: There are tons more links on this developing story at Memeorandum.

And as ST reader Leslie says in the comments, the Brit authorities are to be commended on a job well done – again.

Police in London are also checking into another report of a suspicious vehicle in central London.

Update II: The latest from MSNBC/AP: U.K. report: Police believe foiled car bomb was to be set off by cell phone

Update III: Via SkyNews: Two Bombs Were Set To Blow In London

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12 Responses to “Explosive device defused in central London (MORE: 2ND CAR CONFIRMED TO HAVE “MASSIVE” CAR BOMB)”

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  1. Ron Holland says:

    The Failed London Terrorist Attack Could Happen Here!

    Learn what could happen when the United States is hit by another terrorist attack by Islamic extremists that creates an extreme response by Washington in The Final Presidential Executive Order at LINK

    This is from a new free online book, “The Swiss Preserve Solution” & how the over reaction dramatically curtails personal, financial, religious and civil liberties in the United States.

    From Ron in NC

  2. Leslie says:

    Once again, the Brits show us all how to get it done.

    Those MI5 guys are good!

    ^:)^

  3. Angryflower says:

    “Police defused an explosive device found in a parked car in central London on Friday”

    I don’t understand. How didn’t tens of thousands of troops in Iraq manage to deal with this?

  4. G Monster says:

    Whoever these people are that plant these bombs, whether it be in england or iraq or spain are serious losers. If they had anything going for them at all they wouldn’t be following some bigger loser that lives in a cave.

    They would be out dating women, enjoying sports, or working at a career they enjoy.

  5. G Monster says:

    LOSERS

  6. Lorica says:

    Cuz Flower, there are hundreds of people that are angry at our attempt to help the people who live in Iraq. Their main desire is to hold control over people and put them under the boot heel. Read your history, there is nothing new under the sun, people who would kill and destroy in this fashion usually are closer aligned to Hilter than Washington. I know it is a hard concept, but it is truth. – Lorica

  7. forest hunter says:

    ragweed: check out a global map. Iraq doesn’t border England…..Afghanistan doesn’t have a shoreline either, even if you saw it on CNN……..you should’ve stopped at “I don’t understand.”

  8. Great White Rat says:

    I don’t understand. How didn’t tens of thousands of troops in Iraq manage to deal with this?

    Ummm..because London isn’t in Iraq, maybe?? 8-|

  9. Drewsmom says:

    Angryflower, chief sittin bill wil explain this to you when you have a sit down with him and smoke alot of pipes with him while you’re at it.

  10. Baklava says:

    Angryflower reads nothing but her sources she likes which are Anti-American sources.

    The fact is that American troops and Iraqi army soldiers have defused thousands of car bombs, IED’s, bomb bomb’s, speeding bombs, suicide bombs, etc.

    They have created ingenious ways even to defuse bomb’s quickly with big remote control machines with big metal claws that explode the bomb and take the shock.

    Angryflower comes at it from the premise that America is incompetent and the British police were capable I think.