“Two explosive-laden cars in London linked,” from CNN:
LONDON, England (CNN) — A vehicle containing fuel, gas canisters and nails found early Friday near Trafalgar Square is “clearly linked” to another explosives-packed car found outside a nightclub near Piccadilly Circus, Metropolitan Police
A “considerable” amount of fuel and gas canisters, along with a “substantial quantity of nails,” was found in the blue Mercedes 280E, said Peter Clarke, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner.
He called the discovery of the second bomb “troubling,” but urged the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious behavior to authorities.
The second vehicle was ticketed about 2:30 a.m. Friday (9:30 p.m. Thursday ET),
Clarke said. It was near Trafalgar Square, roughly a half-mile from where the first vehicle — also a Mercedes — had been found about an hour earlier.
About 3:30 a.m., Clarke said, the Mercedes was taken to an impound lot in Hyde Park. Security sources earlier told CNN that workers who towed it thought the car smelled of gasoline, and became suspicious because of the reports that gasoline was among the explosive materials found in the first vehicle.
Clarke said the second device, like the first, was “potentially viable” but was rendered safe by police explosives officers.
And the neutralized bombs, of course, should prove to be a bonanza for forensic investigators.
“These vehicles are clearly linked,” he said.