Al-Qaeda Behind Bomb Attempt

London says car bomb similar to Iraq IEDs, search second car; manhunt begins
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2007 1:54 PM CDT
Forensic police officers, search a street at the steps of a water fountain in Piccadilly Circus, central London, after a suspected car bomb was defused Friday June 29, 2007. Police thwarted an apparent...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-spawned extremists orchestrated the failed bombing attempt in central London today, British authorities say. The car bomb found near a London nightclub resembled improvised explosives used in Iraq, and the Guardian reports al-Qaeda has long nurtured plans to attack nightclubs in the west.

The search for the man seen fleeing the vehicle continues, but it is too early to identify the suspect using CCTV footage, investigators say. Police also evacuated and sealed off a broad section of London park, as they inspected a possible second bomb-laden car in an underground garage. (Read more al-Qaeda stories.)