LON­DON TUBE BLAST: TEEN BOY HELD, THREAT LEVEL ‘CRIT­I­CAL’

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

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.

It ex­ploded par­tially, caused a flash but did not lead to a pow­er­ful blast. Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested that it was a “vi­able” de­vice.

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.

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.

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