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London police conduct controlled explosion near new US embassy

Police patrol at the cordon near London Bridge near the scene of a terror attack in central London on June 3. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP London, United Kingdom Jun 07, 2017, 05.45 PM (IST)

British police carried out a controlled explosion Wednesday near the construction site for the new US
embassy building in London after being called to a report of two unattended vehicles.

The Metropolitan Police later announced that the incident had ended and was not related to terrorism.

An AFP photographer at the scene reported seeing a dark-coloured car and a red van, both with their
front windows smashed, outside the Nine Elms site near the south bank of the River Thames.

"Police were called at 4:38 pm (1538 GMT) on Wednesday, June 7 to Ponton Road, Wandsworth... to a
report of two unattended vehicles," police said in a statement. 

"Specialist officers are at the scene and cordons have been put in place. London Ambulance Service and
the London Fire Brigade are also in attendance. 

"A controlled explosion was carried out at around 5:37 pm."

The police later issued a further message on Twitter, saying: "The incident in #PontonRoad #Wandsworth
has been stood down. This was not terrorism related."

The US embassy is due to move from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair to the new cubic building later this
year.

(AFP)
 

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