Police are hunting a nai bomber who has sent several potentially lethal devices to prominent people connected with Celtic Football Club – including manager Neil Lennon, news.sky.com informs.
Sky sources have revealed formerLabour minister Brian Wilsonwas among the targets.
The other devices were addressed to the team boss, a high-profile lawyer and also to a member of the Scottish Parliament. Strathclyde Police say the packages, sent through the post, were designed to “maim or kill”. They contained a combination of nailsand high explosives.
“We believe we are dealing with someone who is Scotland based. There’s every chance someone from a loyalist background is involved,” a spokesman for Strathclyde Police told Sky News.
On March 26, a package was posted for Mr Lennon. However, it was intercepted at a sorting officeat Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow.
Initially, it was thought to have been a hoax, but further analysis revealed the device was viable. Two days later, a device was delivered to the office of Labour MSP Trish Godman.
SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond said he hoped Scotland would “unite to condemn those who abuse football with their pathetic and dangerous prejudices”.
“We will not tolerate this sort ofcriminality in Scotland,” he said.
Officers are visiting the mailrooms of broadcasters in Scotlandas a precaution, to advise staff onhow to handle suspect packages.