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Terrorism & Insurgency

Parcel devices sent to London and Glasgow underline risk of dissident republican intent to target UK mainland

07 March 2019

Event

Three packages containing incendiary devices were delivered to the Compass Centre at Heathrow Airport, Waterloo railway station, and City Aviation House at City Airport in London on 5 March.

One of the packages was opened at the Compass Centre, igniting an incendiary device but causing no damage or casualties. The two others were recovered and made safe by police. The following day, police conducted a controlled explosion on a package sent to the University of Glasgow. Police stated that the incidents were linked. The packages were sent using Irish stamps with return addresses in Ireland. Although no motive has been established at the time of writing, Irish security sources cited in the Guardian speculated that dissident republican militants were the likely perpetrators.

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