Irish Militants Issue London Bomb Threat

Warning comes day before queen's visit to Ireland
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2011 12:05 PM CDT
Irish Militants Issue London Bomb Threat
In an earlier incident, the Mall is closed to public as police examine a suspected package found in nearby St. James's Park, which had also been evacuated, in London, Sunday, May 6, 2007.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – Irish militants called in a bomb threat targeting central London today, a day ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland—the first visit by a British monarch in more than a century, Reuters reports. A source says the threat has some credibility because the caller uttered a codeword known to the police. The avenue approaching Buckingham Palace has been closed over a security threat, though officials wouldn’t give specifics. The militant group the Real IRA last month said the queen wasn’t welcome in Ireland. (Read more Ireland stories.)

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