Police, protesters clash in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man
British police made their first arrest Saturday over the bombing of a London underground train, detaining a man at the country’s main ferry port and describing the development as significant.
Thirty people were treated in hospital after the bomb detonated in a packed train carriage on Friday morning, in what was Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months, AFP reported.
The improvised explosive device failed to detonate fully, according to media reports, but the blast inflicted flash burns on passengers while others fled in panic.
Police in the southern port area of Dover said an 18-year-old man had been detained and he is due to be transferred to custody in London.
“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” they said in a statement, outlining that the teenager was being held under anti-terror legislation.
Friday’s incident – claimed by the Daesh terror group – led to the national threat level being raised to critical – meaning another attack could be imminent.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced late Friday that troops – 1,000 were deployed – would take on responsibility for guarding key sites, including nuclear facilities, to free up police.
In a statement, 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 openminded 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 Daesh, in May.
British media reported that the bomb had a timer that it had failed to properly detonate.
Police said that they would not release any more details on the man arrested at this stage because of “strong investigative reasons.”
Police officers are being deployed on the transport network and on the street across Britain.
Victims were treated in hospital although health authorities said none were in a serious life-threatening condition.
Only three remained in care on Saturday morning.
The area around Parsons Green station – a quiet and wealthy residential district, filled with chic cafes – was evacuated for most of the day.
Four previous attacks in London and Manchester this year claimed the lives of 35 people.
Three of those attacks involved a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians. US police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters in St. Louis early on Saturday after a white former policeman was acquitted of murdering a black man.
A peaceful rally over Friday’s not guilty verdict turned violent after police confronted a small group of demonstrators – three years after the shooting of another black man in the nearby suburb of Ferguson stirred nationwide anger and debate, Reuters wrote.
Officers fired tear gas as people broke windows at a library and two restaurants and threw bricks and water bottles at officers. Protesters also threw rocks and paint at the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, said Acting Police Commissioner Lawrence O’toole.
Nine city officers and a state trooper were injured and at least 23 people were taken into custody, he said.
Former city policeman Jason Stockley, 36, was found not guilty of the first-degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, shot to death on Dec. 20, 2011.
After the ruling, around 600 protesters marched from the courthouse through downtown St. Louis, chanting “No justice, no peace” and “Hey hey! Ho ho! These killer cops have got to go!” Some held “Black Lives Matter” signs.
Smith was shot five times in his car after trying to flee Stockley and his partner, following an alleged drug deal, authorities said.
Prosecutors said that during the pursuit, Stockley could be heard saying on an internal police car video he was going to kill Smith.
At Stockley’s direction, his partner, who was driving, slammed the police cruiser into Smith’s vehicle and they came to a stop. Stockley then approached Smith’s car and opened fire with his service weapon, court documents said. The former policeman believed Smith was armed, defense attorneys said, and a gun was found in the car. But prosecutors argued Stockley planted the weapon and that the gun had only Stockley’s DNA on it. North Korea said Saturday it was seeking military “equilibrium” with the United States as leader Kim Jong-un vowed to complete Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
North Korea successfully fired a Hwasong-12 intermediaterange ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, responding to a new round of UN sanctions over its sixth nuclear test with its furthestever missile flight, AFP reported.
“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK,” Kim said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
Kim said the country was close to the goal of completing its nuclear ambitions and should use all power at its disposal to finish the task, saying it had “nearly reached the terminal,” KCNA reported.
The young leader said Friday’s launch had increased the North’s “combat power of the nuclear force.”
“We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attains the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade,” Kim said, according to KCNA.
The UN Security Council condemned Friday’s launch as “highly provocative” and US President Donald Trump scheduled talks with the leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.
The North’s previous missile launch, a Hwasong-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also overflew Japan’s main islands and was the first to do so for years. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron jointly appealed for talks with North Korea, saying this was the only way to resolve tensions over its nuclear program.
Russia and China, North Korea’s main ally, on Monday backed a Us-drafted resolution at the Security Council to impose fresh sanctions on Pyongyang – but they maintain that dialogue is the key to defuse the crisis.