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Second Car Bomb Discovered In London

(CBS/AP) A second car bomb was discovered in central London, police said Friday, hours after defusing an explosive device in a Mercedes car parked outside a busy nightclub.

London was in a state of lockdown Friday after police located an explosive device in a parked car in the tourist epicenter of the city. Hours later, police found another explosive device in a second car in Park Lane, near Hyde Park.

A senior anti-terrorism commander said the bomb discovered in London's West End could have caused "significant injury or loss of life" had it exploded.

British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said the second car was originally parked in the same area, but had been towed to an impound lot.

"The vehicle was found to contain very similar materials to those that had been found in the first car," Clarke said. "There was a considerable amount of fuel and gas canisters. As in the first vehicle, there was also a quantity of nails. This like the first device was potentially viable."

However, sources have told CBS News that it is still too early to know if the plot is connected to al Qaeda or is limited to homegrown U.K. terrorists. Sources said the bombs found were not "amateurish."

A senior anti-terrorism commander said the first bomb discovered in London's West End could have caused "significant injury or loss of life" had it exploded.

Head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command, Peter Clarke, said the car parked near Piccadilly Circus contained a "significant amount" of gasoline, a number of gas cylinders, and a number of nails. Police were actively searching for the person who abandoned the car where it was found.

Britain's new home secretary, Jacqui Smith, summoned top officials for an emergency meeting Friday, calling the attempted attack "international terrorism."

Hours later, police closed a major road on the edge of Hyde Park, and began clearing people out of the area following reports of a suspicious vehicle.
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