London Police Block Road Near MoD, Responding to Suspicious Package - Reports

© Sputnik / Alex McNaughton / Go to the photo bankPolice officers cordon off the territory near the UK Parliament in London where an assailant attacked a police officer and pedestrians.
Police officers cordon off the territory near the UK Parliament in London where an assailant attacked a police officer and pedestrians. - Sputnik International
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London police said Wednesday that they were investigating a suspicious package at Embankment Gardens, near the defense ministry.

"Police were called… to reports of a suspicious package at Embankment Gardens," a police spokesman said in a statement, adding that the ambulance and fire services were also at the scene. "Cordons and road closures have been put in place."

​At the same time, a Reuters photographer said that he saw a bomb disposal robot at the scene of the incident.

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London has seen several such incidents over the year. On March 13, a suspicious package was delivered to one of the UK parliament buildings.

The incident happened a day after the parliament was cordoned off after the reports of a suspicious substance found in a package sent to an MP's office. The police were called and two persons hospitalized as a "precaution."

In February, London police were examining a suspicious package containing white powder, which was delivered to the UK Houses of Parliament, and later found not harmful.

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