Ter­ror ar­rest in London over sus­pi­cious pack­age

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

LONDON: Armed po­lice ar­rested a 19-year-old man in London yes­ter­day un­der counter-ter­ror­ism laws in con­nec­tion with a sus­pi­cious pack­age found on the Un­der­ground train net­work that sparked a se­cu­rity alert. “The man was ar­rested by of­fi­cers from the Met’s Counter Ter­ror­ism Com­mand, as­sisted by armed col­leagues, in the street in Hol­loway Road” in north London, the po­lice said in a state­ment.

London’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice said they had used a taser dur­ing the ar­rest at around 12.20pm (1120GMT) on the busy shop­ping street, but that no shots were fired. The po­lice said they made the pack­age safe af­ter it was found on a train on Thurs­day. It was now be­ing “foren­si­cally ex­am­ined”. “The pub­lic will see more of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing armed po­lice, in and around trans­port hubs to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance around pub­lic safety,” the state­ment said, adding that the London Un­der­ground was work­ing as nor­mal.

Counter-ter­ror de­tec­tives opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Thurs­day af­ter the sus­pi­cious item was re­ported at around 11 am (1000 GMT) on a train at North Green­wich sta­tion, which serves The O2 en­ter­tain­ment com­plex, for­merly the Mil­len­nium Dome. The po­lice said in a state­ment on Thurs­day that “a con­trolled det­o­na­tion” of the pack­age had taken place.

“Of­fi­cers are keep­ing an open mind re­gard­ing any pos­si­ble mo­tive,” added the state­ment. “They are not look­ing for any­one else in re­la­tion to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion at this stage.” Since Au­gust 2014, the ter­ror threat level in Bri­tain has been classed as “se­vere”-the sec­ond high­est level, mean­ing an at­tack is con­sid­ered “highly likely”. London mayor Sadiq Khan praised the “out­stand­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism” of po­lice and Trans­port for London staff. “This sit­u­a­tion was dealt with swiftly and safely, and no in­juries re­sulted,” he said. “Keep­ing Lon­don­ers safe is my high­est pri­or­ity. I am urg­ing all Lon­don­ers... to re­main calm and vig­i­lant at all times.” — AFP

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