According to this article, a British bomb squad defused a “potentially massive bomb”. Here’s what we know thus far:

A terror attack appeared to have been foiled in Haymarket, London on Friday morning when a suspected bomb was found and defused by sappers. Sky News sources said that the device, which was found in a silver Mercedes, was potentially “massive.”

Terrorist police were investigating after explosives officers were called to The Haymarket road, near Piccadilly Circus, shortly before 2 a.m., police said in a statement. “They discovered what appeared to be a potentially viable explosive device,” police said. “It was made safe.” Britain’s Press Association quoted an unidentified police official as saying: “The indications that we have got so far are that it was certainly a big device.”

The area around the vehicle was cordoned off as a precaution while explosives officers examined the vehicle. London transport officials said the Piccadilly Circus Underground train station was closed. An eyewitness told Sky News that he saw a car being driven “erratically” before crashing into some bins. Bouncers from the nearby ‘Tiger Tiger’ nightclub saw the driver of the vehicle running away.

Here’s what CNN’s article said:

CNN’s International Security Correspondent Paula Newton said the initial indications were that the suspected bomb was “a relatively crude device that was made with possibly petroleum or gas.”

She said it was potentially aimed at theatergoers or nearby nightclubs, echoing plots recently thwarted by anti-terror police in which Islamic militants intended to attack prominent dance venues and shopping malls.

Friday’s incident could prove to be the first major test for new Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the former finance minister who succeeded Tony Blair just two days earlier, appointing new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, in charge of domestic security.

Let’s hope Mr. Brown passes with flying colors.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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