Two men arrested in connection to Northern Ireland car bomb attack1:50
Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in their 20s in connection to a car bomb in the city of Londonderry. CCTV footage shows the bomb exploding outside a courthouse only minutes after a group of young people walked past Police believe the dissident republican paramilitary group 'New IRA' may have been behind the attack. No one was injured in the blast.
Four bombs found in London and Scotland last week were allegedly sent by the “IRA” - with fears a fifth bomb is yet to be discovered.
The paramilitary organisation is said to have claimed responsibility in a note to a media outlet in Northern Ireland using a “recognised codeword”.
The group indicated five devices were sent but only four have been recovered, cops said today.
Counter-terror cops launched an investigation after the packages were discovered at Heathrow, London City Airport and Waterloo station on March 5.
A suspect package also led to the University of Glasgow being evacuated the next day with Scottish cops teaming up with the Metropolitan Police.
All the bombs were posted in A4-sized postal packages containing yellow Jiffy bags and were capable of igniting when opened.
They had a circular heart with a “love from Ireland” stamp on them - sparking fears the IRA were behind them.
It comes as the University of Suffolk was today evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the post room - but it is not known if it’s linked to the previous incidents.
The Met Police said: “The claim was received on Monday 11 March by a media outlet in Northern Ireland outlet using a recognised codeword.
“The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the ‘IRA’.
“The investigations into these devices continue and relevant inquiries are being made in relation to the claim that has been made.
“Given the packages received last week bore similarities to devices sent in the past which were linked to dissident groups associated with Northern Ireland-related terrorism, officers were already looking at this as a line of inquiry.
“However, we continue to keep an open mind and inquiries continue.
“We are also aware that those claiming responsibility have indicated five devices were sent. At this time, only four devices have been recovered.”
Police are now warning “relevant businesses and sectors” and the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious packages.
They added no arrests have been made and Irish cops are also assisting Scotland Yard with the probe.
Security chiefs said last week they suspected the devices were a warning from IRA renegades ahead of Brexit and the possibility of a hard Irish border.
They bore the hallmarks of IRA firebombs planted in London stores in the early 1990s, which sparked blazes causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.