Teen ar­rested over Tube bomb­ing, raid con­tin­ues

Threat level ‘crit­i­cal’, an­other at­tack im­mi­nent

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

Lon­don, Sept. 16: Bri­tish po­lice raided a home near Lon­don on Satur­day just hours after mak­ing their first ar­rest in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bomb­ing of an Un­der­ground train a day ear­lier.

An 18-year-old man was de­tained at the port city of Dover, one of the coun­try’s main links to Europe, with of­fi­cers de­scrib­ing the de­vel­op­ment as a sig­nif­i­cant step in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The teenager was taken to a Kent po­lice sta­tion and will be moved to south Lon­don later.

The ar­rest is “sig­nif­i­cant” but the ter­ror threat level re­mains at “crit­i­cal”, Metropoli­tan Po­lice deputy as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Neil Basu said.

“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

Armed po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel have been de­ployed across Lon­don and po­lice said that a raid was un­der way

this stage,” he added.

Thirty peo­ple were in­jured in the ex­plo­sion on a packed train at Par­sons Green on Fri­day morn­ing, in what was Bri­tain’s fifth ter­ror at­tack in six months.

The UK is on the high­est ter­ror alert since, which means an­other at­tack could be im­mi­nent. The Is­lamic State group has claimed the at­tack.

Armed po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel have been de­ployed across the cap­i­tal and po­lice said that a raid was un­der way.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers have evac­u­ated and are search­ing a res­i­den­tial ad­dress in Sun­bury, Sur­rey,” a state­ment said.

Home sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said that po­lice had made “very good progress” in their in­quiries, while ap­pear­ing to dis­pute claims by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that a “loser ter­ror­ist” be­hind the at­tack was known to Scot­land Yard.

“It’s much too early to say that,” Ms Rudd said in a tele­vised in­ter­view. “At the mo­ment we have one ar­rest and we have an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion.”

Anti-ter­ror­ism chief Mark Row­ley said of­fi­cers were “chas­ing down sus­pects”.

“Some­body has planted this im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Tube. We have to be open-minded at this stage about him and po­ten­tial as­so­ciates,” he said.

The crit­i­cal alert ter­ror warn­ing was last used after the deadly sui­cide at­tack at Manchester Arena, also claimed by

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