LONDON -- The group that planted the bomb that rocked a crowded north London shopping street Saturday and injured at least 15 people gave misleadingwarnings intended to hurt as many people as possible, police said Sunday.
Police received two coded warnings that indicated bombs were planted outside a fast-food store in London's main shopping district and outside a burger bar in the north London suburb of Camden. The bomb that exploded at 12.52 p.m. around 45 minutes after the warnings had been placed in a litter bin from 300 to 400 yards from the Camden area.
Scotland Yard Chief Cmdr. Bernard Luckhurst said, 'the warning was clearly designed to injure as many people as possible as they were being escorted away' from one of London's busiest outdoor weekend markets.
No one claimed responsibility for the attacks but the coded warnings bore all the hallmarks of previous bombings by the Irish Republican Army.
The bomb exploded as police were clearing the north end of a crowded shopping area in Camden High Street around the underground station and moving people to the other end of the road, where the bomb had been planted.
At least 15 people were hurt, including two children and one policeman, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
Nine people were taken to University College Hospital but six were later released, spokesman Keith Whiteburn said.
Three people were kept in hospital Sunday and their condition was described as 'comfortable' by the hospital spokesman.
Anti-terrorist police continued to interview two men arrested Friday in connection with the shooting of a policeman, the hijacking of a car and a bomb explosion in a highly volatile gas works in and around the town of Warrington, 150 miles northwest of London.
Police were still hunting a third man who escaped on foot when the trio's car crashed during a car chase. The two others were arrested at the scene of the crash.
Two other men and a woman were arrested in Nottingham in connection with the incidents.
A bomb-making factory, uncovered Saturday in a house in North Kildare in the Irish Republic by the Garda Special Branch and believed to belong to the IRA, was described as 'a very significant find due to the sophisticated nature of the items that were seized,' a spokesman for the Irish Garda Police said.
The IRA has waged a violent battle for more than 20 years in Northern Ireland and mainland Britain to end British rule in Northern Ireland.