Suspicious package found in Irish post office linked to London parcel bombs

The Irish justice minister said police are investigating a link between a suspicious package found at a post depot in Ireland, and the four parcel bombs detected in London and Glasgow earlier this month.

Staff working in the An Post sorting office in Limerick were evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious package around 6am on Friday.

An army bomb squad was deployed to the scene and gardai are now investigating the post stamp similarities to the previously uncovered letter bombs.   

A group calling itself “the IRA” claimed responsibility for four devices that were sent to the UK in earlier in March, adding that a fifth parcel had not yet been found.

Parcels were found at office blocks new Heathrow Airport and London City Airport, as well as Waterloo station and Glasgow University. No one was injured.   

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “This is a despicable act. The sending of incendiary devices like this is totally unacceptable.

“I hope the people responsible are brought to justice.”

Asked whether there were similarities between the parcels, Mr Flanagan told RTE: “I understand that to be the case with particular reference to the postage stamp that was used.”

Scotland Yard said officers were working with the authorities in Ireland.

Earlier this month, Scotland Yard said a media outlet in Northern Ireland received the claim of responsibility by a recognised IRA code word.

A Met Police Spokesman said on Tuesday, March 12: “The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the ‘IRA’.

“The investigations into these devices continue and relevant enquiries are being made in relation to the claim that has been made.

“Given the packages received last week bore similarities to devices sent in the past which were linked to dissident groups associated with Northern Ireland-related terrorism, officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.

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