Lon­don Tube blast: 18-yr-old man ar­rested

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Pra­sun Son­walkar pra­sun.son­walkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com (With in­puts from agen­cies)

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

An­a­lysts said the num­ber of 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.

Scot­land Yard said the un­named man was ar­rested un­der Sec­tion 41 of the Ter­ror­ism Act. Bri­tain’s ter­ror threat level was raised to “crit­i­cal” on Fri­day evening fol­low­ing a de­tailed assess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion in an emer­gency meet­ing chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

The last time the threat level was raised to the high­est level was in the af­ter­math of the Manch­ester Arena ex­plo­sion on May 22. The up­dated level en­ables the de­ploy­ment of army at sen­si­tive lo­ca­tions and in­stal­la­tions.

The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, which it said was car­ried out by an af­fil­i­ated unit.

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.

“We are not...chang­ing our pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity mea­sures and the steps taken to free up ex­tra armed of­fi­cers re­main in place.

“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.”

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