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Central London Street Closed After Irish Militants Issue Bomb Threat

British police said they received a bomb threat for central London from Irish republican paramilitaries today -- the eve of a historic visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland.

The coded threat led to a security alert and the closure of an avenue in central London near Buckingham Palace.

The Queen begins a four-day visit to Ireland on March 17, becoming the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland since independence from Britain.

compiled from agency reports