On Monday, March 11, the Irish republican dissident group known as the "New Irish Republican Army" reportedly claimed responsibility for multiple parcel bombs discovered in London and Glasgow on March 5-6. The New IRA group reportedly confirmed it sent the devices to transportation hubs in London and to a military recruitment officer at the University of Glasgow and warned of an additional device yet to be discovered. British authorities on Tuesday, March 12, acknowledged the claim but declined to confirm if it is genuine. Police indicated the devices bore similarities to previous IRA-linked explosive devices and officials indicated they have opened a terror investigation with the support of the Irish government.
Meanwhile, officials in Ipswich discovered a suspicious package in the mail room at the University of Suffolk on Tuesday morning (local time), although it is unclear if the item is related to previous New IRA-linked devices. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in Suffolk over the coming hours.
Multiple suspicious packages were reported across the London area on the morning of March 5, including at the Compass Centre in Hounslow near Heathrow Airport (LHR), Waterloo station, and the grounds of London City Airport (LCY), and at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) on March 6. Officials confirmed police found improvised explosive devices (IED) placed in envelopes, which were designed to ignite a small fire when opened.
The Real Irish Republican Army, also known as the New IRA, first formed in 1997, is a dissident Irish republican paramilitary organization active since 2012. The group, which claims to be a successor to the Irish Republican Army and has rejected the Good Friday Agreement, is banned in Ireland and is designated a terrorist organization in the US and UK.
Individuals in the UK are advised to monitor developments to the situation and prepare for transportation delays, and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities
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