18-yr-old held as UK cops race to thwart 2nd at­tack IS Claims Lon­don Bomb­ing; Po­lice Raid Prop­erty Along Thames

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

Lon­don: Bri­tish po­lice ar­rested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover even as the Is­lamic State ter­ror group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast on a com­muter train in Par­sons Green that in­jured 30 peo­ple a day ear­lier. The sta­tion re­opened on Satur­day morn­ing.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May put Bri­tain on the high­est se­cu­rity level of “crit­i­cal” late on Fri­day, mean­ing another at­tack might be im­mi­nent, and de­ployed sol­diers and armed po­lice to strate­gic lo­ca­tions such as nu­clear plants and de­fence sites.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested a man in Dover, from where pas­sen­ger fer­ries sail to France.

Five hours later they raided a prop­erty in Sun­bury, a com­muter town south­west of Lon­don that is about 18km from the blast site, in what The Guardian de­scribed as “a race to thwart a sec­ond at­tack”. Nearby premises were evac­u­ated amid the po­lice oper­a­tion as a pre­cau­tion. A no-fly zone was es­tab­lished over the area to keep out small planes and drones as po­lice moved in and po­lice cor­dons were put in place to keep the public well away.

Home sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said that po­lice had made “very good progress” in their en­quiries, 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,” Rudd said. “This is a very sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest and we have an on­go­ing oper­a­tion.” There is no doubt that this was a se­ri­ous IED (im­pro- The vised ex­plo­sive de­vice) and it was good for­tune that it did so lit­tle dam­age,” she said.

In what was the fifth ma­jor ter­ror­ism at­tack in Bri­tain this year, the home-made bomb shot flames through a other re­cent blasts which have typ­i­cally been sui­cide bombs. Pic­tures showed a slightly charred white plas­tic bucket with wires com­ing out of the top in a su­per­mar­ket shop­ping bag on the floor of a train car­riage.

Armed po­lice pa­trolled the streets near govern­ment depart­ments in West­min­ster and were guard­ing Pre­mier League soc­cer grounds host­ing matches on Satur­day, in­clud­ing the sta­dium at Wem­b­ley. Cres­sida Dick, UK’s top po­lice of­fi­cer, sought to re­as­sure the public as she joined col­leagues pa­trolling the south bank of the Thames. “On Fri­day, we saw a cow­ardly at­tack which could have re­sulted in many lives be­ing lost. Lon­don has not stopped af­ter other ter­ri­ble at­tacks and it will not stop af­ter this one.”

The last time UK was put on “crit­i­cal” alert was af­ter a sui­cide bomber killed 22 peo­ple at a con­cert by US singer Ari­ana Grande in Manch­ester in May. May said the public should not be alarmed by armed of­fi­cers on the streets, a rare sight in UK. “This is a pro­por­tion­ate and sen­si­ble step which will pro­vide ex­tra re­as­sur­ance and pro­tec­tion while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­gresses,” she said, even as de­tailed ac­counts of the in­ci­dent started pouring in.

“I was on the sec­ond car­riage from the back. I just heard a kind of ‘whoosh’. I looked up and saw the whole car­riage en­gulfed in flames mak­ing its way to­wards me,” Ola Fayank­innu said. “There were phones, hats, bags all over and when I looked back I saw a bag with flames.”

Reuters

THREAT LEVEL RAISED TO CRIT­I­CAL: Po­lice com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick re­views the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Lon­don on Satur­day

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