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27/09/00
Missile Culprits Remain a Mystery
- Spy HQ blast causes huge transport disruption

POLICE are still in the dark as to which group fired the missile which caused damage to the headquarters of Britain's MI6 spy operation late last night.

"The sheer nature of the work of the Secret Intelligence Service must mean that there are terrorist groups throughout the world who might see their premises as a potential target," said Alan Fry, head of Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch.

Most pundits immediately fingered the Real IRA, a hardline splinter group from the Provisional IRA, as the culprits as they are known to have active units in London. The Real IRA planted the bomb which blew up on Hammersmith Bridge earlier this year. Other suspects apparently include Colombian groups angry at MI6's involvement in the American led military operation in their country.

Last night's attack resulted in no casualties and caused only minimal damage to the MI6 building in Vauxhall. But its after effects have meant misery for thousands of commuters this morning following the subsequent closure of nearby Vauxhall station, which is the last stop before Waterloo station, one of the capital's main transport hubs.

Film fans might remember the MI6 HQ from James Bond movie The World is Not Enough, in which it was, yes, blown up.




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