TEEN AR­RESTED IN LON­DON TUBE BLAST

UK po­lice ar­rest 18-year-old in hunt for tube train bomber, ISIS claims re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack

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LON­DON: Bri­tish po­lice ar­rested an 18-year-old man in the south­ern port of Dover on Satur­day in a “sig­nif­i­cant” de­vel­op­ment in the hunt for the peo­ple be­hind a Lon­don com­muter train bomb­ing that in­jured 30 peo­ple a day ear­lier.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May put Bri­tain on the high­est se­cu­rity level of “crit­i­cal” late on Fri­day, mean­ing an at­tack may be im­mi­nent, and sol­diers and armed po­lice de­ployed to se­cure strate­gic sites and hunt down the per­pe­tra­tors.

The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed com­muter train dur­ing the Fri­day morn­ing rush hour in west Lon­don but ap­par­ently failed to det­o­nate fully.

Threat level raised

“We have made a sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion this morn­ing,” said Neil Basu, Se­nior Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Counter Ter­ror­ism Polic­ing. “Al­though we are pleased with the progress made, this in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues and the threat level re­mains at crit­i­cal.”

ISIS re­spon­si­ble

The ar­rest was made in the port area of Dover, where pas­sen­ger fer­ries sail to France. The blast on the Lon­don tube train at the Par­sons Green un­der­ground sta­tion was the fifth ma­jor ter­ror­ism at­tack in Bri­tain this year and was claimed by ISIS.

Sol­diers de­ployed

Bri­tain de­ployed hun­dreds of sol­diers at strate­gic sites such as nu­clear power plants and min­istry of de­fence sites on Satur­day to free up armed po­lice to help in the hunt for those be­hind the bomb­ing.

The last time Bri­tain was put on “crit­i­cal” alert was af­ter a man killed 22 peo­ple at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in Manch­ester in May. Prior to that it had not been trig­gered since 2007.

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Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May put Bri­tain on the high­est se­cu­rity level of ‘crit­i­cal’ late on Fri­day.

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