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article imageLondon Diverts Car Bomb

By KJ Mullins     Jun 29, 2007 in World
What could have been an early morning tragedy was diverted by London police. A car bomb was found inside of a Mercedes in the crowded area of Haymarket near Piccadilly Square. Had it gone off it had the potential of killing thousands.
The car was packed full of 60 litres of petrol, gas cylinders and nails.
The Mercedes was spotted by an ambulance crew in the early morning smoking. It was located in front of the Tiger Tiger Club.
Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur urged people to be "alert and vigilant" in case of more attempts. Scotland Yard and local police are watching all weekend events for suspicious activity.
"I want to reassure Londoners that we are doing everything possible to make them safe," he added.
The Mercedes was spotted first and reported when smoke now believed to be vapor. At the time it was spotted up to 1,700 people were in the club. Scotland Yard is not answering comments about the possibility of a cell phone in the front seat of the car. Cell phones have been used to denote car bombs in the past.
One report said that a police officer turned off the phone in question before bomb squad teams arrived.
This potential attack is like others that have taken place in the past.
The Muslim Council of Britain is asking British citizens to report any information of this bombing to the police.
Timeline of the incident
0125 London Ambulance Service called to Tiger Tiger club to treat sick person. Crew notice smoke from Mercedes outside
0200 Police called to investigate suspicious vehicle. Area cordoned off while explosives officers examine vehicle
Police disable "potentially viable" explosive device. Vehicle contains petrol, gas cylinders and nails
0400 Witness sees police removing gas canisters
0800 Piccadilly Circus Tube station closed
1000 Prime Minister Gordon Brown says country faces "serious threat"
1025 Car removed from Haymarket
1030 Government emergency response committee Cobra meets
1030 Piccadilly Circus Tube station reopened
All times BST
Reports of the car's driver are flowing in. A bouncer at the nightclub said that he was driving recklessly and crashed into a bin. The driver then fled from the scene.
The bomb itself was large. It could have easily ended the lives for hundreds of clubbers.
Park Lane is closed at Marble Arch to Hyde Park Corner and a 200m cordon was in place. There has been reports of the discovery of a vehicle at an underground car park. A police robot was instigating the vehicle.
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