Two people died when Syrian car exploded in a bomb blast in London on New Year's Eve (31 December).
GV: police among debris
CU: wrecked car (3 shots)
SV: police and officials at scene (2 shots)
GV: Dover Street sign TILT DOWN cordoned off area. (SILENT)
SV PAN: debris and damage to shop front (3 shots) (silent)
GV PAN: debris and broken windows in nearby building (2 shots) (silent)
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Background: Two people died when Syrian car exploded in a bomb blast in London on New Year's Eve (31 December).
SYNOPSIS: The blast came not long before midnight in the West End of London, but thousands of revellers waiting to welcome the New Year were unaware of what had happened. The car, a blue Volvo, was wrecked in the explosion. One of the two men who died was a Syrian diplomat, the other a driver from the Embassy. According to an embassy spokesman, they were on 'official business' at the time, but no-one has said what the business was.
By daylight, the area was still cordoned off, and officers of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist squad were continuing their investigations. So far there's been no indication why the bomb was planted. Debris still littered the area and neighbouring buildings showed scars from the blast. The car was blown up in an area not far from Trafalgar Square where thousands of people had gathered for the traditional festivities marking the New Year. And not a hundred yards (metres) from the spot where the car exploded....two restaurants and an hotel, packed with New Year's Eve revellers.