Lon­don blast: ISIS claims re­spon­si­b­lity, teen ar­rested

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The Is­lamic State group on its Amaq news agency claimed it was be­hind the un­der­ground train ex­plo­sion, which took place at 8.20 a.m. on Friday and sent a ball of fire along a car­riage of the east­bound Dis­trict Line train from Wim­ble­don at the Par­sons Green sta­tion, south­west Lon­don.

Later on Sun­day, po­lice ar­rested an 18-year-old youth in con­nec­tion with a ter­ror at­tack that left 29 peo­ple in­jured and re­sulted in an in­crease in the coun­try’s ter­ror threat level from “se­vere” to “crit­i­cal”.

The youth was de­tained in the port area of Dover by Kent Po­lice over the Friday morn­ing rush hour at­tack at the Par­sons Green sta­tion in south­west Lon­don, BBC re­ported.

The man, whose iden­tity and na­tion­al­ity have not been dis­closed, was charged un­der sec­tion 41 of the Ter­ror­ism Act, with an act of ter­ror, of­fi­cials said.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu said the ar­rest was “sig­nif­i­cant”, but the ter­ror threat level re­mains at “crit­i­cal” and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

“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,” he said.

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