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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

London Raids Turn Up Caches of Explosives

LONDON -- Police investigating an IRA bomb that blew apart a London bus, apparently killing its carrier, said Tuesday they had discovered large amounts of explosives and bomb-making equipment after overnight raids in the capital.


Meanwhile, the BBC and Irish radio reported that a survivor of Sunday's blast was no longer considered to be a suspect.


British police, who would not discount Monday the possibility that the badly injured man was an accomplice of the IRA bomber, refused to comment. But reporters said the man was no longer being guarded by armed police.


Commander John Grieve, head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch, said the overnight raids followed extensive inquiries by detectives who were continuing to gather forensic evidence.


"Officers visited and searched a number of premises in the London area overnight. We have recovered significant amounts of explosives and bomb-making equipment," he said in a statement.


No arrests were made, and police later said they had released without charge two men who were detained Monday under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.


In Washington, the Clinton administration wants Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams to bring the IRA back into the peace process but isn't making that a condition for issuing him a new U.S. visa, the White House said Tuesday.


Adams, president of the Sinn Fein party, asked for a new visa to enable him to spend his second consecutive St. Patrick's Day in the United States next month, White House press secretary Mike McCurry said.


"We hope that the peace process will be on track at the time Mr. Adams proposes to visit,'' McCurry said. Asked if that was a condition for Adams' visa, McCurry said, "Nope.''