IRA Claims Responsibility For London & Glasgow Parcel Bombs

Three parcel bombs were sent to address in London on 5 March

Three parcel bombs were sent to address in London on 5 March

"A dissident Republican group calling itself the "IRA" claimed responsibility on Tuesday for letter bombs sent to buildings in London and the University of Glasgow last week", reports Reuters.

Devices created to start a small fire were posted to Waterloo railway station, offices at Heathrow and London City Airports, and the University of Glasgow last week.

Sky News correspondent Alistair Bunkall tweeted a picture of what he said was the package sent to a Heathrow office building.

Police said they have given extensive devices to businesses and the armed forces to protect against the further use of letter bombs.

Police issued a statement saying the devices resembled those used by "dissident groups associated with Northern-Ireland related terrorism", and that police opened a line of inquiry into that possibility.

Commander Clarke Jarrett from the Met said: "We are still keeping an open mind with regards who may be responsible and any possible motivation".

The dissident Republican group, which split from the Real IRA in 2012, has been stepping up its activities in recent months.

The Real IRA had split from the Provisional IRA in 1997 after the latter agreed to a ceasefire, with its political wing Sinn Fein admitted to peace talks and going on to support the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Group calling itself IRA claims it sent parcel bombs to UK addresses

The group claimed that three of the devices were sent to "commercial targets" while the remaining two were posted to British army recruitment officers.

Police investigating the discovery of devices in London and Glasgow last week say a claim of responsibility has been received from "the IRA".

One of the devices partially burned when opened and caused a small fire. This resulted in part of the package burning.

Several university buildings were evacuated before bomb disposal officers detonated the item.

As The Compass Centre is not within Heathrow Airport itself, flights were not affected by this incident.

Specialist officers carried out a controlled explosion on the package.

Similar incidences were reported at the City Aviation House, Royal Docs, Newham, with police conducting staff evacuations and diffusing devices. Security sources said the packages had not been created to kill but could have injured anyone handling them. Specialist officers again attended and made the device safe.