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    London police investigate suspected bomb

    LONDON - Explosive experts "made safe" a suspected bomb in a vehicle parked near Picadilly Circus in central London on Friday, authorities said.
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    Police did not offer any details about what they called a "potentially viable explosive device" or how they dealt with it.
    Terrorist police were investigating after explosives officers were called about the suspected bomb shortly before 2 a.m. local time, police said in a statement.
    "They discovered what appeared to be a potentially viable explosive device," police said. "This was made safe."

    Sky News showed images of a blue tent-like cover that it said forensic officers had placed over the vehicle, which was parked outside an American Express foreign exchange office.

    The station cited witnesses as saying bouncers from a nearby night club had reported that someone had crashed a blue Mercedes sedan into garbage bins and ran away.

    The area around the vehicle was cordoned off as a precaution on Friday morning while police examined the vehicle. London transport officials said the Picadilly Circus underground train station was closed.

    The alert comes a week before the second anniversary of the July 7 London bombings, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 bus and subway passengers.

    For more than a year, the government has held the country's terrorist threat level at severe — which means a terrorist attack is highly likely.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070629/...n_bomb_defused

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    Over 200 liters of fuel in containers were found in the vehicle which is being loaded up to be towed away as I type this. No doubt there would have been extensive damage and loss of life.

    Ironically on Gordon Brown's 1st full day as newly inaugurated P.M. ---- as a great reminder of the terrorist plans that exist throughout the free world.

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    I've been watching it on FOX since around 4 this morning. Thankfully this terror attempt was intercepted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaded View Post
    I've been watching it on FOX since around 4 this morning. Thankfully this terror attempt was intercepted.

    Thankfully, indeed!

    I don't mean to make light of the situation but I can't believe someone would blow up a perfectly beautiful Mercedes Benz! I guess it's safe to say it was a stolen vehicle though.

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    I am so very glad that this attack was prevented. I love the London, and I have two dear cousins who live there.

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    I hope this is just a single isolated incident.

    Prince William and Harry have their big concert tribute to their mother this weekend. It was supposed to be a celebration of Princess Diana's life, and I would hate to see a damper put on it. Although, no doubt this has already put people on edge.

    I do hope their concert is a smashing success!

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    Story has changed after scotland yard news conference. Seems this happened at 1:28 am London time. An ambulance was dispatched to the nightclub to attend someone there, saw what appeared to be smoke in the car, and called this to the police.

    I was in London on 7/7, as was my entire family. It was an interesting time. I'm just glad this was thwarted, but I think it was sheer luck. That's not very reassuring. Guess I'd rather be lucky!!

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    So now I'm watching a double decker bus being checked out on Park Lane near Hyde Park. Something separate or related? Something is going on in London..............Live on Fox News.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnGoddess View Post
    So now I'm watching a double decker bus being checked out on Park Lane near Hyde Park. Something separate or related? Something is going on in London..............Live on Fox News.
    They are speculating that it may be related. They've evacuated the street from what I understand.

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    You got that right, BarnGoddess! I pray that these perps get caught!

    Was there just speculation that there may also be some related terror plot here in the USA? I was only half listening.


    Everyone keep your eyes wide open, where ever you are! Vigilance is of the essence!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    You got that right, BarnGoddess! I pray that these perps get caught!

    Was there just speculation that there may also be some related terror plot here in the USA? I was only half listening.


    Everyone keep your eyes wide open, where ever you are! Vigilance is of the essence!
    Still listening to Fox. London police to have a press conference any minute. Bus wasn't the problem. Seems a nearby car is suspect. Just all traffic stopped there.

    Seems the NY mayor posted on his blog that there was going to be a slight elevation of alert to take precations.

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    Thanks, Goddess!

    Hard to believe that night club had about 1700 people in it at 1am in the morning. Wow, that's some big nightclub!

    Thank goodness, they all were able to survive, due to the car being discovered before it detonated!

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    The BBC's Daniel Sandford said a second device was found in another Mercedes in a car park in London's Park Lane.
    The major thoroughfare was closed while bomb squad officers checked the vehicle. It reopened at 1930BST.
    The Haymarket area remains closed as dozens of officers carry out forensic searches. The Mercedes is being tested at the Forensics Explosives Laboratory in Kent.
    CCTV footage is also being examined and police are believed to be making some progress towards getting an image of the driver.
    The BBC understands that the second car was towed to the Park Lane car park after it was found parked illegally in the West End. Staff at the pound contacted police after hearing about the Haymarket bomb because the vehicle smelled of petrol


    More at link including maps of the areas where the devices have been found...
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6255452.stm

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    Seems like it was luck and not intelligence that foiled the plan.

    That is the way it's going to be folks. The police and intelligence people can't be everywhere and it's too easy for these radicals to create car bombs.

    Coming to a city near you... it's only a matter of time.

    We MUST learn from the mistakes these other countries like England and France have made. I'll bet these perps are home grown. You can take the radical Muslim out of their country but you can't take the radical Muslim out of the radical Muslim or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggy View Post
    We MUST learn from the mistakes these other countries like England and France have made. I'll bet these perps are home grown. You can take the radical Muslim out of their country but you can't take the radical Muslim out of the radical Muslim or something like that.
    Wow tell us how you really fell... would you care to elaborate on what you fell are "the mistakes" of these other countries...?

    I am not even going to comment on the last part of your quote.. Its a land mine and sure to get me flamed...

    But I do agree that this is now a part of our daily lives and not likely to go away any time soon. We have been very lucky to avoid attacks such as these until realtively recently.. while other countries have been dealing with terrorism for a long time.

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