Bomb Attempt: Police Briefing
Scotland Yard has given a news conference regarding the failed bomb attempt in Central London.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the counter-terrorism command, gave the following statement:
"At around 1am this morning a London Ambulance Service crew was called to the Tiger Tiger nightclub in Haymarket in Piccadilly, London, to treat a person who had been taken ill.
"While they were there they noticed a Mercedes car parked outside the Tiger Tiger Club and noticed that there appeared to be smoke inside the vehicle.
"The police were called and the Metropolitan Police explosives officers went to the scene and examined the car.
"Inside they found significant quantities of petrol, gas cylinders, and I cannot at this stage tell you how much petrol because we have not yet have a chance to measure it precisely but what I can tell you is that it was in several large containers.
"There was also a large number of nails in the vehicle. It would be right at this moment to pay tribute to the courage and skill of the explosives officers who manually disabled the device.
"In so doing, not only did they prevent actions which would damage and injure, but also we gave us the opportunity to gather a great deal of forensic and other evidence from the vehicle.
"As always in these cases, the safety of the public is paramount, and the area around the vehicle was cordoned off.
"The vehicle has now been taken away for detailed forensic examination, which will take some time.
"We are also gathering CCTV evidence and started a full investigation.
"It is too early to speculate who might be responsible, and we are keeping an entirely open mind.
"Scientific analysis will tell us what damage or injury could have been caused by this device, but even at this stage it is obvious that if the device had detonated, it could have been significant injury or loss of life.
"The vehicle was parked in one of the busiest parts of central London in the early hours of Friday morning when many, many people were leaving nightclubs and other places after an evening out.
"At this stage, we appeal to any members of the public who were in the Haymarket area and may have seen anything suspicious or unusual to contact us.
"The time frame registered in is not just the early hours of the morning, but throughout yesterday evening, the period leading up to the time when the vehicle was discovered.
I am absolutely sure we will need the help of the public in conducting this investigation.
I would like to give all the reassurance that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to keep the public safe.
As I said before, the threat from terrorism is real, it is here, and it is enduring.
Life must go on, but we must also stay alert to the threat we face as we go about our daily lives."
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