The late response of police to the scene where a homemade explosive was detonated at the Prime Minister’s office was likely due to police not understanding the seriousness of the situation, but will nonetheless be investigated.
As reported, an explosive was detonated at the Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday morning. No suspects have been arrested thus far.
RÚV reports that about two hours passed from the time emergency services were called reporting the explosion to the time police arrived on the scene. Jón Bjartmarz, chief of the state police, told reporters that the slow response was likely due to responding officers not fully grasping the seriousness of the situation.
Stefán Eiríksson, the chief of the capital area police, wants the matter to be investigated. Furthermore, Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson commented on the matter, saying that all authorities take the matter “very seriously”, and that, “Fortuantely no one was hurt, but we of course do not want such a thing in our society.”
Police are asking the general public for help. If you have seen the person or automobile in these photos, or have any information regarding the blast, you are asked to contact the police immediately.