London: The Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command has launched an investigation after three explosive devices were received at transport hubs in London.
The three sites were the post room at Waterloo station, City Aviation House at City airport and the Compass Centre in Hounslow on the grounds of Heathrowairport. The suspicious packages â all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags â were found to be small improvised explosive devices capable of igniting a small fire when opened, the Met said.
At about 9.55am the Met received a report of a suspicious package at the Compass Centre. The package was opened by staff at the building, causing the device to initiate. This resulted in part of the package burning. No one was injured. Flights at Heathrow were not affected.
At about 11.40am British Transport Police were called to reports of a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo. The package was not opened. Specialist officers attended and made the device safe. No one was injured.
The station was not evacuated. However, cordons are in place at a small area outside the station on Cab Road. Train services are continuing to operate as normal. At about 12.10pm police were called to a report of a suspicious package at offices at City Aviation House, Royal Docks, Newham. Staff were evacuated from the building as a precaution. The package was not opened and no one was injured. Specialist officers attended and made safe the device. The building has been reopened.
As a precaution, DLR services to London City airport were suspended but are now fully operational. Flights to and from the airport have not been affected. The Met police counter-terrorism command is treating the incidents as a linked series and is keeping an open mind regarding motives. No arrests have been made and inquiries are continuing.