ALLARME BOMBA NEL CENTRO DI LONDRA. CORDONATO BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Scatta a Londra un allarme bomba, a pochi minuti dalla sentenza di condanna della veterana repubblicana Marian Price. Codice riconosciuto

La British Metropolitan Police conferma l’allarme bomba nel centro di Londra. Cordonato Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square ed altre arterie del centro città.
Nessun dettaglio è stato fornito nel warning telefonico durante il quale sarebbe stato fornito un codice riconosciuto, direttamente collegato ad un gruppo dissidente repubblicano.
In un comunicato la polizia ha ordinato ai propri agenti alla massima vigilanza. La cittadinanza è stata invitata alla cautela.
Gordon Corera, corrispondente BBC, ha sottolineato come la polizia stia trattando questo allarme con estrema cautela lasciando presagire che possa trattarsi di qualcosa di ‘importante’. “Da quanto ho capito è che si sia trattato di un avvertimento in codice, è potrebbe essere per questo che c’è più preoccupazione del solito al riguardo.”
Una valigia abbandonata al di fuori di un hotel era già stata fatta brillare in mattinata. Di seguito alcuni agenti della  Yard’s Marine Support Unit si era calati nella rete fognaria dopo che un tombino era stato ritrovato fuori posto, nei pressi del Mall vicino a St. James Palace.
In queste ore di concitazione gli ufficiali di Scotland Yard ufficiali stavano lavorando con la City of London Police e la British Transport Police.
Crispin Black – veterano addestratore del Falklands Sandhurst – esperto in materia di terrorismo, ritiene che i dissidenti possano aver deciso di agire a Londra perchè obiettivo ‘più semplice’ rispetto a Dublino, dove domani è attesa Elisabetta II. Con questa azione potrebbero voler dimostrare di ‘essere ancora lì’ e opporsi alla visita reale in Irlanda. “È il loro modo di mostrare che essi sono in grado rendere molto difficoltese queste visite”.


Buckingham Palace cordoned off as Irish republican dissidents issue London bomb threat (The Telegraph)
Large parts of central London have been cordoned off after Irish republican dissidents issued a bomb threat, police have disclosed.
Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion as a security alert closed down the centre of the capital around Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.
A suitcase was discovered abandoned outside a hotel and was destroyed in a controlled explosion at 9.30am.
It comes a day before the Queen is scheduled to make her first ever visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Security was heightened after a “non-specific” threat was issued to authorities last night.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “A bomb threat warning has been received relating to central London today. The threat is not specific in relation to location or time.”
Police closed down Trafalgar Square and the Mall and carried out searches in sewers after discovering a disturbed manhole cover.
Members of the Yard’s Marine Support Unit have entered the sewers on the Mall close to St James’s Palace to carry out searches.
Londoners were urged to go about their business as usual but to look out for “unusual activity or behaviour” in a statement issued by police.
Scotland Yard officers were working with the City of London Police and British Transport Police, with all officers “advised to be highly vigilant to ensure the safety of London”.
The threat level from Irish-related terrorism has not increased and remains at substantial, meaning that an attack is a strong possibility, police added.
A terror expert has said the security alert on the Mall blamed on Irish dissidents could have happened because Dublin was seen as “too difficult” a target.
Crispin Black said the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland has caused widespread anger amongst republican extremist groups.
It is believed today’s security alert on the Mall was sparked by a caller using a known republican code word.
Mr Black, a Sandhurst-trained Falklands veteran who now works as a security expert also said that the alert could have been extremists showing that they “are still there.”
He said dissident republicans had been left “extremely angry” about the Queen’s visit and added: “It is their way of showing that they are in a position to make these visits more difficult.
“From what I have seen going on in Dublin it is going to be quite difficult to do anything there – it has been locked down.
“Maybe they decided that Dublin was too difficult so they decided to so something in London just to show that they are still there.”

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