Fifteen People Injured by Explosion on Busy Street; IRA Suspected
LONDON (AP) _ A bomb exploded on a busy shopping street in north London Saturday, seriously injuring four people and hurting 11 others, including three children, police said.
They said the explosion followed two telephone warnings which included code words used by the Irish Republican Army. No group immediately claimed responsibility, however.
″I cannot imagine a more callous act designed to injure people,″ Commander Bernard Luckhurst of the Metropolitan Police told reporters at the scene.
Scotland Yard said 15 people were admitted to hospitals.
The injured children were aged 4, 8 and 9, said a spokeswoman for the police agency.
London Ambulance Service press officer David Smith none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.
Witnesses said the midday explosion was in a rubbish bin on Camden High Street, near a popular weekend market.
″We heard the explosion and it was very close because we could smell the gunpowder. It was terrifying,″ said Neil Davis, who was working in a shop nearby.
On Friday, the IRA claimed responsibility for three explosions which destroyed a huge gas storage tank and seriously damaged another in Warrington, 200 miles northwest of London.
IRA bombings in England have been a frequent tactic of the group’s violent campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland.