London Bomb Threat
May 16, 2011 by staff
London Bomb Threat, Dissident Irish republicans have issued a coded bomb threat to central London, Scotland Yard has confirmed. Security has been reinforced in the capital after a non-specific “threat was issued to the authorities on Sunday night. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “A bomb threat warning has been received in relation to central London today’s threat is not specific regarding the location or time.”
Londoners have been urged by police to go about their business as usual, but to consider “the activity or unusual behavior.” A security alert on The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace closed the road this morning after an officer saw “something suspicious” at 4:20 a.m. A suitcase found near Trafalgar Square, was also destroyed in a controlled explosion. The threat comes on the eve of the Queen’s historic visit to the Republic of Ireland, the first by a British monarch since independence in 1921.
Securityanlyst Crispin Black told Sky News that dissident republican groups do not have much power to commit acts of t*rror*sm outside of Ireland. However, he admitted: “This is a reminder that they have the ambition, the desire to do so.”
Explain the source of the word, Mr. Black said today’s events had a very “retro”, harking back to the height of the dissident republican movement in 1970. Terrorist groups use an intermediary to the police know a code word, so that when a bomb threat came through, they would know to take it seriously. “It’s sort of dance of death between the authorities and the terrorists,” Black said. Affairs correspondent Mark White said: “The use of a coded warning take this warning far beyond the norm.
“Every day police respond to security alerts are false alarms have been with good intentions.” But here it seems an individual or group with specific knowledge of dissident republicans coded alert system has been called to make a bomb threat.
“The police can not afford to do anything but discuss this with the utmost seriousness.” Tension is also high in Dublin, where 30 euros has been spent on security for the visit. Sky David Blevins, in Dublin, said: “dissident republicans have not only demonstrated its ability in recent days, at least not through the murder of police officer Ronan Kerr, but publicly stating its intention to ensure the Queen feels unwelcome here in Ireland.
“I guess what I could to organize an attack here in the Republic of Ireland, north of the border with Northern Ireland or elsewherre in the UK.”
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