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Counter-terror police investigate after 2 IEDs found in London flat



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file photo of a London police officer.

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  • Two improvised explosive devices were found in a London
    flat on Wednesday morning.
  • The block of flats was evacuated, and counter-terrorism
    police are now investigating.
  • It’s not yet clear who is responsible for building the

British counter-terrorism police are investigating after two
improvised explosive devices were found in a London flat. 

The devices were found on Wednesday morning at an unoccupied flat
in Harlesden, Brent that was being refurbished,
the Metropolitan Police said

The block of flats was subsequently evacuated, and following
searches the cordon has now been lifted.

In a statement, Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said: “I’d
like to thank local residents in the area for their patience and
understanding whilst we dealt with this incident today. The
public’s safety is our top priority, and I would like to pay
tribute to the specialist officers who attended and were able to
safely recover the devices.

“I also want to reassure the local community that we have carried
out precautionary searches in the surrounding area to make sure
there was nothing else of a similar nature nearby, which I’m
pleased to confirm is the case.

brent ied map
The location of the flat
in North-West London.


He added: “The next stage is to investigate how and why the two
devices came to be in this flat and detectives from the Counter
Terrorism Command will be leading this. I would ask anyone who
might have information that could assist us to get in touch,
either by calling 0800 789 321 or by calling Crimestoppers, which
is completely anonymous.”

It’s not yet clear who is responsible for building the devices,
and no arrests have been made so far.

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