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Mystery of the fifth London bomb

Latest device discovered has link to earlier bombs

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Following last week's failed bombing attempts on the London transport system, British police said they were looking for four suspects, corresponding to four explosive devices found on three subway trains and a bus.

But over the weekend, the discovery of a fifth device in London's Little Wormwood Scrubs Park -- which used the same type of container as the other four bombs -- raised the question of whether a fifth person might have been involved in the plot.

Police insist they are not looking for a fifth would-be bomber. But they have not explained who they think might have left the fifth bomb in the park.

The five bombs have a strong link -- they were all assembled inside identical 6.25-liter plastic food storage containers with white lids, which are only sold in roughly 100 British stores.

Only one of the four suspects, who has not yet been identified by police, is known to have gone anywhere near the park on the day of the attempted bombings. He was captured by a security camera at the Westbourne Park station, which is on a subway line that also serves the area surrounding the park.

However, as seen in a photo released by police, the man was wearing a backpack that appears to be only big enough for one bomb. And police believe he got on a train at Westbourne Park and traveled south to the Shepherd's Bush station, where he tried to set off that bomb as the train was coming into the station.

That device -- like the other three bombs used last Thursday -- only partially detonated.

The suspect abandoned his backpack on the train, escaped out of the back window of a carriage and ran 200 to 300 meters, where he climbed down behind some houses and took off up the street, police said.

A mechanic who saw him running down the street, Rizgir Nasir, said the man was alone. While he was carrying spare clothes, he was "definitely not" wearing a backpack, Nasir said.

The suspect was last seen about 10 minutes later running under a bridge, a mere 800 meters from Little Wormwood Scrubs Park, where the fifth device was found. But again, he was not wearing a backpack.

Given that, could the suspect have had the bomb found in the park in his possession the whole time? Or was someone else responsible for placing, or abandoning, the device there?

Those two questions remained to be answered as London police continue their massive manhunt for the suspects.

CNN's Nic Robertson, Henry Schuster and Phil Hirschkorn contributed to this report.

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