UK cops nab teen

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD - STEVEN SCOTT

BRI­TISH po­lice say they have ar­rested an 18-year-old man in con­nec­tion with the Lon­don sub­way at­tack.

They say the ar­rest, in the port area of Dover, is a “sig­nif­i­cant” break­through in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But the ter­ror-threat level, cur­rently at “ex­treme”, has not been low­ered.

The bomber and pos­si­ble ac­com­plices have been the sub­ject of a ma­jor man­hunt since the at­tack wounded 30 peo­ple in Par­sons Green, leav­ing Lon­don on edge.

A Scot­land Yard state­ment said the teen was be­ing de­tained un­der the Ter­ror Act.

Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu, Se­nior Na­tional Co-or­di­na­tor for Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing, said: “We have made a sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion this morn­ing.”

“Al­though we are pleased with the progress made, this in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues and the threat level re­mains at crit­i­cal.

“This ar­rest will lead to more ac­tiv­ity from our of­fi­cers. For strong in­ves­tiga­tive rea­sons we will not give any more de­tails on the man we ar­rested at this stage.”

Po­lice have been given 77 images and videos from mem­bers of the pub­lic, and 45 wit­nesses have been spo­ken with.

Po­lice are comb­ing through closed-cir­cuit TV images and have ex­ten­sively stud­ied the re­mains of the de­vice with­out giv­ing de­tails about it. But images from in­side the sub­way car af­ter the blast showed that the de­vice was con­tained in a bucket with wires hang­ing out of it and that it was con­cealed in a plas­tic shop­ping bag.

As­sis­tant po­lice com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley ear­lier said po­lice were “chas­ing down sus­pects.” The train hit by the bomber had video cam­eras in each car, and the Lon­don Un­der­ground net­work has thou­sands of cam­eras at the en­trances to sta­tions and along its labyrinth of sub­ter­ranean and above­ground pas­sage­ways.

Of­fi­cials have hinted there may be more than one per­son in­volved, but haven’t re­leased de­tails in what is termed an on­go­ing and covert in­quiry.

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