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Two injured by second letter bomb outside of London

AP , LONDON

Two people were slightly injured yesterday when a package exploded at a business in Wokingham, west of London, a day after a suspected letter bomb blast in the capital, police said.

"Police have evacuated the building and placed a cordon around the scene. An investigation has been launched, though it is likely an item of mail ignited and caused the injuries," said a police statement.

"We are aware of a similar incident in London yesterday but it is too soon to speculate as to whether this is connected," it added, referring to Monday's incident at an office near London's police headquarters Scotland Yard.

Police were called to the incident at a company in Oaklands Business Center, Wokingham shortly after 9am, the statement said, adding: "Two people have sustained minor injuries."

Wokingham is about 60km west of central London.

On Monday, counter-terrorism officers were called in to investigate the explosion at outsourcing firm Capita Group Plc in Victoria Street, which is also near a number of government offices.

A letter bomb exploded in the mailroom of the London company, which controls the capital's traffic congestion charge, slightly injuring a female worker, police said.

The padded envelope exploded at an office belonging to Capita Group PLC, which administers the ?8 (US$16) daily fee meant to cut down on traffic in central London and collects television licensing fees. After the blast police warned that other London businesses should be alert.

"If they have any suspicion about any device just phone the police in the normal way," a police chief said.

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