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Syrian Embassy (Bomb Incident)

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the incident involving a bomb outside the Syrian embassy on 4 June; and whether any Arab terrorist group has claimed responsibility for it.

During the evening of 3 June staff from the Syrian embassy noticed a bag on the steps of the embassy in Belgrave square, London. They thought it suspicious and sought assistance from the police. It was found to be an explosive device and an explosives officer carried out a controlled explosion to disrupt its initiating mechanism. On examination it was found that its detonator had previously exploded, but failed to set off the explosive to which it was attached. There has been no verifiable claim of responsibility and police inquiries are continuing.