WORLD Suspect caught in tube blast dragnet
POLICE have arrested an 18year-old man in relation to the London Tube bomb attack at Parsons Green.
He was arrested in Dover following a nationwide hunt for the person responsible for the Friday morning attack, which left 29 people injured.
The man was in custody at a police station pending transfer to London after being arrested in the port area of Dover, suggesting he may have been about to flee the country.
Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, rrorism, Deputy Assistant Commisommissioner Neil Basu said the arrest was a significant step in the large scale Parsons sons Green investigation.
“This arrest will leadd to more activity from m our officers,” Mr Basu said.
“For strong investigative reasons we will not give anymore details on the man we arrested at this stage”.
He urged the public lic to remain vigilant while hile police continued to work through the complex investigation.
“We are not, at thishis 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 have spent the morning contacting homes, businesses and sporting clubs as well as “reviewing security around transport networks” in their attempts to locate 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.
Authorities have warned another terrorist attack may be imminent after the botched bombing of a rush hour London train.
Troops will guard buildings and armed police will be deployed to London’s streets this weekend after intelligence chiefs hiked the official terror alert to the highest level of “critical”.
One thousand extra police have been diverted to the in-
ve vestigation as authorit orities step up the man manhunt in a bid to foil ano another attack. Prime Minister Theresa May annou announced the tougher security me measures 12 hours after an improvised explosive device detonated on a train at Parsons Green.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and issued threats of a larger jihadist presence.
Mrs May urged Britons to stay calm but to be alert for another attack.
“The public should go about their business in the normal way but be vigilant and co-operate with police,” she said.
Police will search members of the public and cars will be stopped at road blocks.
Extra bag checks were being imposed on crowds at events over the weekend, including the English Premier League.
London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said investigators had made excellent progress.
“Somebody has planted an improvised explosive device on the Tube. We have to be open-minded at this stage about him and about potential associates,” he said.
The homemade bomb left on the crowded London underground was reported to have contained nails and to be similar to devices used in the Manchester Arena attack and 2005 London bombings.
Flammable material packed in a white bucket along with fairy lights failed to properly ignite when it detonated about 8.20am local time, causing what witnesses described as a “fireball”.
The train was above ground at the time of the blast but it was headed towards central London in even busier underground stations.
In an early morning tweet, Donald Trump said the attack was mounted by “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”.
PM May hit back, saying “I never think it is helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation”.
HELP: A police officer escorts an injured woman from the scene at Parsons Green underground station, and, inset, a Twitter picture of a white container burning inside the station.