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London Police Dismantle Car Bomb Early Friday

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London Police Dismantle Car Bomb Early Friday

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London Police Dismantle Car Bomb Early Friday

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Steve Inskeep reports on authorities in London who discovered a car packed with gas containers and a large number of nails. Police says had the car exploded, it could have caused a significant number of injuries or loss of life.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Another story we're following this morning takes us to London. That's where British officials are investigating a bomb found overnight in a parked car. It was parked in the center of London's busy theater district.

Police say this car was packed with what they describe as significant quantities of explosives, and gas cylinders, and nails. And this discovery is the first major challenge for a new British government which just took office this week. Jacqui Smith is the new Home secretary.

Ms. JACQUI SMITH (Secretary of State, Home Department, Britain): What's clear is that a potentially viable explosive device was discovered in the early hours of this morning that, had it detonated, could have caused considerable loss of life.

INSKEEP: The bomb was discovered in a silver Mercedes parked near London's Piccadilly Circus. That's a popular tourist destination filled with shops and restaurants and theaters. And this happened in the early hours of the morning, when people would have been out. Police say it's too early to say who may have been responsible, and Britain's new prime minister said investigators will need time to examine the evidence.

Prime Minister GORDON BROWN (Britain): We should allow the police to investigate this incident and then report to us. But this incident does recall the need for us to be vigilant at all times.

INSKEEP: Gordon Brown, Britain's new prime minister, speaking on the day that London police discovered a car packed with explosives. And we'll continue to follow this story throughout the morning.

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