Explosive devices discovered at a London airport and two other locations around the city has prompted a terrorism investigation.
Three white mailing packages were discovered at three transportation hubs in London on Thursday morning, all of which contained improvised explosive devices, according to a CNBC report.
Anti-terrorism authorities have begun an investigation and responded to all three scenes.
Officers from Counter Terrorism Command have launched an investigation after three suspicious packages were received at The Compass Centre #Hounslow, near #Heathrow Airport, London Waterloo Station and City Aviation House #Newham near City Airport https://t.co/Uuu3RfdNHa
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 5, 2019
The first package was discovered in offices at Heathrow Airport just north of the airport’s runways. Opening the package prompted the device inside to detonate, resulting in a small fire. The building was promptly evacuated.
Less than two hours later, another package containing another explosive device was located in the mailing room at Waterloo Station. The package was not opened. Police were notified and responded to safely remove the threat.
Counter-terror police have said three suspicious packages found near transport hubs across London earlier today were “small improvised explosive devices”
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 5, 2019
The third package was discovered at the City Aviation House in the Royal Docks. The package was also not opened, and staff was evacuated.
Each package consisted of a white bag mailer which contained a yellow envelope inside. They were all affixed with a 2018 Republic of Ireland “love stamp” featuring a heart alongside the words “Love” and “Eire.”
At least one of the packages contains a return address of Bus Éireann, Dublin, Ireland.
Police from Ireland have also joined the investigation in light of that evidence, according to Daily Mail.
“I urge all Londoners and visitors to our city to remain vigilant, and report any potential suspicious packages to the police,” London mayor Sadiq Khan said.