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Police: London Bomb Threat From Irish Dissidents

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British police say they have received a coded bomb threat from Irish Republican militants on the eve of Queen Elizabeth's historic visit to Ireland.

Scotland Yard officials said Monday the bomb threat related to central London, but did not include a specific time or place. Coded warnings have been a trademark of Irish dissidents.

Police closed off an area close to Buckingham Palace for several hours on Monday. Security officers were seen inspecting a dislodged manhole in central London.

Bomb disposal experts also blew up an abandoned suitcase in a controlled explosion.

It was not clear if either incident was related to the bomb warning, which also came just a week before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to visit the British capital.

The queen begins her four-day visit to Ireland amid tight security on Tuesday, the first time a British monarch has set foot in the republic since 1911.

Some 10,000 security forces are being deployed in Ireland during the queen's visit.

Irish Republican dissidents are against the 1998 peace accords that ended violence in British-ruled Northern Ireland and have stated their opposition to the queen's travel to the Republic of Ireland.

Article by VOA News