18­yr­old ar­rested in Lon­don at­tack, threat level crit­i­cal

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Pra­sun Son­walkar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Po­lice on Satur­day ar­rested an 18-year-old per­son from the port area of Dover in con­nec­tion with the Fri­day’s ter­ror at­tack on Lon­don’s Tube net­work that in­jured 30 peo­ple.

Scot­land Yard said the un­named man was held un­der Sec­tion 41 of the Ter­ror­ism Act. Bri­tain’s ter­ror threat level was raised to ‘crit­i­cal’ on Fri­day after a de­tailed as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion in an emer­gency meet chaired by PM Theresa May.

An­a­lysts said the ca­su­al­ties could have been higher if the de­vice had det­o­nated prop­erly. Po­lice sources and eye­wit­ness ac­counts sug­gested the im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice did not func­tion as in­tended.

It ex­ploded par­tially. Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested that it was a “vi­able” de­vice. ››P21

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