A bomb blast outside the west London home of a British Member of Parliament, killed world-renowned medical scientist, Professor Gordon Fairley on Thursday (23 October).
A bomb blast outside the west London home of a British Member of Parliament, killed world-renowned medical scientist, Professor Gordon Fairley on Thursday (23 October). Conservative Member of Parliament and ex-Government Minister, Mr. Hugh Fraser, and Caroline Kennedy, the 18-year-old daughter of the assassinated U.S. President -- John Kennedy -- escaped death by seconds.
The bomb exploded beneath the Jaguar car as Mr. Fraser was about to drive Miss Kennedy to her art classes. Mr. Fraser said that they were saved from certain death by his decision to make a telephone call before leaving exclusive Campden Hill Square where three Labour Government Ministers also have their homes.
Professor Fairley was killed as he was walking his dog by the car. His legs were blown off and his body thrown beneath the vehicle. The dog also died. Professor Fairley won international acclaim for his work on leukaemia and cancer research.
The bomb shattered the windows in the Fraser home where Miss Kennedy was a guest. Both she and Mr. Fraser were unhurt. A shaken Miss Kennedy told reporters she was "fine" adding, she was certain that the bomb had nothing to do with her.
At least seven people were treated for shock after the bomb including Mr. Fraser's Filipino au pair Miss Tessia Oandafan. She was sent to hospital and heavily sedated. His nanny was also injured when the car which she was driving crashed into a tree at the time the explosion took place.
Mr. Fraser's car was allowed to burn out as the police feared there was a second bomb in the are timed to explode as they moved in to deal with the first explosion.
Bomb squad officers finally declared the area safe after a thorough check. Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police said no-one had claimed responsibility for the blast.
However, a spokesman said that the bomb might have been retaliation by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) for the life sentences imposed on three young men and a girl on Wednesday (22 October) for their part in bombing attacks last year against British soldiers.
This latest bomb brings to 54 the total number of people killed by bomb explosions in Britain since 1972. Over 100 others have been injured, many of them maimed for life.