British police averted a potentially devastating terror attack in central London Friday by discovering two cars packed with canisters of fuel, propane, and nails.
The head of London's anti-terrorism police, Peter Clarke, said the first car bomb was found outside a crowded night club in London's theater district shortly after midnight.
He said a blast could have resulted in many fatalities and injuries. Hours later, a second vehicle parked illegally nearby was towed to an impound lot near Hyde Park, where police discovered it too contained fuel canisters and nails. Clarke said the two incidents are clearly linked. Traffic was disrupted in parts of west London as forensic investigators scoured the streets for clues. Britain's new Prime Minister Gordon Brown convened an emergency security meeting.