- Irish police are assisting their London counterparts in a terror investigation after packages containing makeshift bombs were sent to two of the city’s airports and its busiest train station.
- Photos of the packages show the packages have Irish stamps and a return address in Dublin.
- No one was hurt and transport systems remained running after the packages were found at London Heathrow Airport, London City Airport, and Waterloo Station on Tuesday.
Three packages of makeshift explosives that were posted to two major airports and the busiest train station in London on Tuesday appear to have stamps suggesting they came from Ireland.
No one was hurt and transport systems were not interrupted after packages containing “small improvised explosive devices” were reported atLondon Heathrow Airport, London City Airport, and Waterloo Station on Tuesday.
London’s Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that the devices seemed “capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened” and were sent in “A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags.”
Ireland’s police force, the Garda Síochána, confirmed to Business Insider that it is helping the Met Police with its terror investigation.
Images shared by the Met Police showed that the packages had Irish stamps and listed a return addresses in Dublin, the Irish capital.
The stamp appears to be one issued by An Post – Ireland’s postal service – for Valentine’s Day in February 2018, as seen below. It says “Love Éire,” which translates to “Love Ireland.”
Two of the package addressed to London’s Waterloo Station had returns address at Bus Éireann, Ireland’s national bus service.
A Bus Éireann spokeswoman told Irish national broadcaster RTÉ that British police had not been in contact, saying: “Bus Éireann are currently not aware of this and we have no further comment.”
David Videcette, a former counterterror detective with the Met Police, told MailOnline that the writing on the envelope “looks like a child’s writing or done with someone’s non-dominant hand.”
“Someone wants this to look like it’s come from the Republic of Ireland,” he added.
The Met Police said on Tuesday that they were keeping an “open mind” regarding the motive behind the packages. It said that it was treating the incidents as “linked.” No arrests have been made as of Tuesday night.
Experts have warned of the potential for increased dissident activity between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is technically part of the UK, due to Brexit and the potential erection of a so-called “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
An Irish police source told The Guardian that investigators are not jumping to the conclusion that the parcels were sent to further the cause of Irish Republican terrorists.
But sources told the Mail Online and The Telegraph that such activity could not be discounted.