Teenager sus­pect in Tube blast

Foster child ap­pre­hended in Dover

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WORLD | NEWS -

A TEENAGER sus­pected of be­ing the Lon­don Tube bucket bomber is thought to be a foster child housed by an el­derly Bri­tish cou­ple.

On Satur­day morn­ing of­fi­cers in Dover, a ferry port on the south-east coast from which pas­sen­ger ships sail to France, ar­rested an 18-year-old man and then par­tially evac­u­ated the area, re­cov­er­ing sev­eral items.

The man, the youngest ar­rested over a ter­ror at­tack in the UK, was tracked by fa­cial-recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Author­i­ties have re­leased few de­tails about the sus­pect, but a wit­ness who saw the ar­rest in Dover said the man did not ap­pear to be English.

“He was white, not Ara­bic, but he wasn’t English,” Daniel Vaselicu, who was wait­ing in the ferry ter­mi­nal, said.

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said the bomb was “a se­ri­ous IED”.

“It was good for­tune it did so lit­tle dam­age,” she said.

Ms Rudd said 26 peo­ple were in­jured by what wit­nesses de­scribed as a “fire­ball” that erupted from the de­vice, with other vic­tims wounded in the en­su­ing stam­pede at Par­sons Green.

Hours af­ter the man’s ar­rest, po­lice raided a sub­ur­ban Lon­don house be­long­ing to Ron and Penny Jones, who re­ceived MBEs in 2009 for ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

The cou­ple worked for refugee sup­port group Elm­bridge CAN which helps run re­set­tle­ment schemes.

Neigh­bour Car­rie Hill, 38, said: “Po­lice told me there was a bomb found in the gar­den and firearms hid­den un­der the floor­boards.”

An un­named neigh­bour said the Jone­ses had a foster child whom they claimed was ar­rested two weeks ago over an un­re­lated in­ci­dent.

The home­made bomb shot flames through a packed train car­riage but ap­par­ently failed to det­o­nate fully.

Pic­tures showed a white plas­tic bucket with wires com­ing out of the top in a su­per­mar­ket shopping bag on the floor of a train car­riage.

Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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