BLOOD ON Internet giants under siege THEIR HANDS
PRIME Minister Theresa May will order internet giants to clamp down on extremism following the London underground terror attack that injured 29 commuters.
She will take on Google, Facebook and Microsoft after hundreds of commuters – including schoolchildren – narrowly avoided death when the bomb failed to fully detonate on a rush-hour train.
The move comes as an 18year-old man was last night arrested in connection with the Parsons Green station attack. Kent Police arrested the man in the port area of Dover, following a nationwide manhunt to find the person responsible for the terrorist attack on Friday.
A Metropolitan Police statement said the man was being held in custody at a local police station and would be transferred to a south London police station under the Terrorism Act.
The attacker used a “fairy light” bomb that can be made from instructions still available online last night.
Referring to Mrs May’s internet comments, a Government spokeswoman said: “It is a concern that instruments of terror can be made from information disseminated on the internet. Where lives are at risk, those services have a responsibility to reassess what information is available because, at the moment, they are criminally culpable for any deadly consequences.”
Senior national co-ordinator for counter terrorism, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, said the arrest was a significant step forward in the large-scale Parsons Green investigation.
“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” Mr Basu said last night.
“For strong investigative reasons, we will not give anymore details on the man we arrested at this stage”.
He urged the public to remain vigilant while police continued to work through the complex investigation.
“We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place,” he said. Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities had spent yesterday morning contacting homes, businesses and sporting clubs and “reviewing security around transport networks” in their attempts to find suspects. Police have interviewed 45 witnesses and have received 77 images and videos from members of the public who were at the scene of the attack.
Mrs May will host a summit with French President Emmanuel Macron this coming week and is expected to warn technology giants they need to do more to tackle extremists. Just hours after the incident, she raised the terror alert status to its highest level – “critical” – which means an attack is expected imminently. Troops will be deployed at key sites to free up more armed police to patrol thoroughfares and transport hubs.
As Scotland Yard and MI5 deployed hundreds of investigators to find the man: MRS May rebuked US President Donald Trump for saying the bomber was “in the sights” of British police; COMMUTERS told of chaos when a ball of flame engulfed their carriage; ISLAMIC State claimed responsibility for the attack.
The bomber fled shortly after dumping the suspected nail device in a cloth bag inside a large plastic food bucket. At about 8.20am on Friday, it partially ignited, sending a fireball through the carriage, causing flash wounds. The device fizzled out, however, before the main charge could go off. Passengers covered in blood and with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair, fled in panic, triggering a stampede.
The bomber is believed to have been captured on CCTV making a phone call. The speed with which the terrorist was identified suggests he could already have been on a police database or watchlist.
Mr Trump suggested in a tweet that “loser terrorists” were behind the attack and that the bomber was already on the radar of Scotland Yard – a claim that was met with fury from police.
Police dismissed the tweet as “unhelpful speculation”, while Mrs May also rebuked him. “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” she said, speaking after an emergency meeting of senior ministers.
A local resident, Charlie Craven, who was on his way to the station at the time of the attack, said he heard a “massive bang”.
“I saw an orange sort of fireball encompassing the whole tube coming towards you,” he said. “Then it was pandemonium, people running everywhere.”
TERROR TARGET: An injured woman is helped by a police officer after the explosion at the Parsons Green train station and top, officers at the scene.