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Package With Caustic Chemical Sent to Blair

March 02, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Packages containing a caustic substance disguised as eucalyptus oil were sent to Prime Minister Tony Blair and a Scottish legislator, Scotland Yard said.

No injuries were reported, but police issued a warning saying similar packages may have been mailed. Blair was visiting Australia to attend a Commonwealth summit. The Scottish legislator was not identified.

Scotland Yard said it was alerted to the packages in an anonymous telephone call from a man who claimed to have sent 16 of them. Authorities said the caller claimed to be a member of the Scottish National Liberation Army, a separatist group.

Forensic tests showed that the substance was sodium hydroxide, a corrosive chemical that can cause damage to skin and tissue.

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