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Man Charged in London Taxi Bombing

May 3, 1993

LONDON (AP) _ Police charged a man on Monday with one of two taxi bombings that followed a devastating explosion in London’s financial district last month.

John Gerrard Mathews, 22, was ordered to appear Tuesday in Magistrate’s Court, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the bombing of two taxis on April 24. About 13 hours before those bombings, a huge IRA bomb in the financial district killed one person, injured dozens and caused from $450 million to $600 million in damage.

In both cases, the cab drivers were confronted by armed men with Irish accents. One driver was ordered to drive to the prime minister’s residence and the other to police headquarters. Both abandoned their cars and alerted police after the gunmen left.

Scotland Yard’s statement did not say whether Mathews was one of nine people questioned after the financial center bombing. The last three people detained under an anti-terrorism law were released Sunday night.

Police have said only that the nine were questioned about recent, unspecified terrorist attacks.