Dissident republican group the IRA have claimed responsibility for letter bombs that were sent to London transport hubs and the University of Glasgow last week.

According to the claim, five packages were sent, but only four have been accounted for.

The Met said: “Extensive advice has already been issued to relevant businesses and sectors to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police. This advice was previously sent to armed forces personnel and is being reiterated again in light of this claim.”

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The Met said it was already looking into Northern Ireland-related terrorism as a possible source of the packages, which had Irish stamps and a Dublin return address, however, the police said they were keeping an open mind.

“We continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police,” the Met said.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA), sometimes called the new IRA in the media, was formed in 2012 when Republican Action Against Drugs and other small dissident republican groups merged with the Real IRA.

The Real IRA had split from the Provisional IRA in 1997 after the latter agreed to a ceasefire, with its political wing Sinn Fein admitted to peace talks and going on to support the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

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Our Editor Konstantin was born in Moscow’s Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. Recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army . Starting up as Soviet blogger ‘Maaxmann’, later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the ‘High Life’. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung…later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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