‘Suspicious package’ found near parliament

Written by Sune Kjaer, CNN

After an apparently grisly discovery, police have confirmed the discovery of a suspected improvised explosive device near Parliament in London.

According to Scotland Yard, officers on Sunday night reportedly found the device, which has been removed from the scene and a cordon put in place. The site is close to Westminster, where four people were killed in March 2017 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the foyer outside parliament.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said police “received a suspicious package at Blackfriars Bridge shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday night.” The device was linked with an address in Whitechapel, in east London.

The device was uncovered as part of a routine stop and search. No arrests have been made.

London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the search had been “conducted in connection with an ongoing terror investigation.”

The device was similar to the March 2017 attack in Westminster.

One of the main suspects in that attack, Khalid Masood, drove a car into pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot and killed.

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