Teen arrested over Tube bombing, raid continues
Threat level ‘critical’, another attack imminent
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