Controlled explosion on suspicious package near Downing Street
PUBLISHED Thu, March 23, 2017 - 4:48pm EDT
A controlled explosion has been carried out on a suspicious bag that was found in Westminster in London, but nothing hazardous was inside, officials and witnesses say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)
The incident began on early Thursday evening when an unattended bag was found near the intersection of Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Road, which is close to 10 Downing Street. The bag was deemed suspicious and police responded.
Just before 8:30 p.m. local time, a controlled explosion was carried out on the bag, but nothing hazardous was found to be inside.
"Unattended bag found Birdcage Walk/Horseguards was not suspicious," the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said in a brief update at 9 p.m. "All cordons put in for safety being lifted. Thanks for your patience."
The incident came just over a day after a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians on a bridge before stabbing a police officer outside the UK parliament, killing 3 people and injuring 29 others before being shot dead by police. The Islamic State group (ISIS) claimed responsibility.