UK cops nab teen
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.