Lon­don de­fi­ant

Sunday News - - WORLD -

LON­DON Po­lice say they are mak­ing ‘‘good progress’’ in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bomb­ing of an Un­der­ground train at the Par­sons Green tube sta­tion in south­west Lon­don.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley said the pub­lic should be re­as­sured, and that more po­lice and troops would be on the city’s streets.

‘‘We are only aware of one de­vice,’’ he said, re­fer­ring to the bomb that par­tially det­o­nated on Friday. ‘‘We have rem­nants of that de­vice. We are chas­ing down sus­pects.’’

He re­fused to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails about the bomb, say­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way.

Row­ley said po­lice were comb­ing through closed-cir­cuit TV film and other data seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on the sus­pected bomber and on pos­si­ble ac­com­plices.

Bri­tish of­fi­cials have raised the coun­try’s ter­ror­ism threat level to ‘‘crit­i­cal’ – mean­ing an­other at­tack is ex­pected shortly.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May acted on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Joint Ter­ror­ism Analysis Cen­tre.

The threat was raised from ‘‘se­vere’’ to ‘‘crit­i­cal’’ – its high­est pos­si­ble level.

May said the de­ci­sion would be kept un­der re­view. The threat level was briefly raised to crit­i­cal af­ter the May 22 sui­cide bomb­ing at Manch­ester Arena.

May also said troops would aug­ment the po­lice pres­ence on Lon­don in a ‘‘pro­por­tion­ate and sen­si­ble step’’.

Is­lamic State group is claim­ing that the Lon­don ex­plo­sion was car­ried out by an af­fil­i­ated unit. The claim was posted yes­ter­day on in­ter­net chan­nels af­fil­i­ated with the ex­trem­ist group.

The home­made bomb planted in a rush-hour train car­riage in­jured 29 peo­ple, in the fourth ter­ror­ist at­tack in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal this year. Po­lice said most of those in­jured suf­fered flash burns.

May said spec­u­la­tion about the bomb was un­help­ful, af­ter United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sug­gested that Lon­don po­lice missed an op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent it.

Trump tweeted that the bomb­ing was ‘‘an­other at­tack in Lon­don by a loser ter­ror­ist. These are sick and de­mented peo­ple who were in the sights of Scot­land Yard. Must be proac­tive!’’.

Asked about Trump’s com­ments, May said: ‘‘I never think it’s help­ful for any­body to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.’’

Lon­don po­lice have de­clined to com­ment on Trump’s tweets.

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan said yes­ter­day the city ‘‘will never be in­tim­i­dated or de­feated by ter­ror­ism’’.

Khan said the city ‘‘ut­terly con­demns the hideous in­di­vid­u­als who at­tempt to use ter­ror to harm us and de­stroy our way of life’’. How­ever, he added that Lon­don­ers should re­main ‘‘calm and vig­i­lant’’.

Lon­don has been tar­geted by at­tack­ers sev­eral times this year, with ve­hi­cle at­tacks near Par­lia­ment, on Lon­don Bridge and near a mosque in Fins­bury Park in north Lon­don.

Ter­ror­ism an­a­lyst Mag­nus Ranstorp, with the Swedish De­fense Univer­sity, said Lon­don­ers were very for­tu­nate be­cause the bomb ap­peared not to have fully det­o­nated.

Af­ter study­ing pho­tos of the de­vice, he said ‘‘it seems that this was hastily put to­gether. Prob­a­bly not very well mixed to­gether’’.

‘‘They were re­ally lucky with this one. It could have re­ally be­come much worse.’’

Ger­man and French lead­ers REUTERS say the at­tack has only strength­ened their de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­crease in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said af­ter meet­ing with French Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe in Ber­lin yes­ter­day: ‘‘Our thoughts are of course with the wounded, our thoughts are with the Bri­tish pop­u­la­tion.’’

Philippe said the Lon­don bomb and an at­tempt the same day by a knife-wield­ing as­sailant to at­tack a sol­dier at a Paris sub­way in­ter­change ‘‘show how much we col­lec­tively, in France, Bri­tain and also in Ger­many, face a ma­jor threat’’.

The New York Po­lice Depart­ment says it has moved ex­tra of­fi­cers, bomb de­tec­tion dogs and heavy weapons teams into the city’s tran­sit sys­tem as a pre­cau­tion fol­low­ing the Lon­don sub­way bomb­ing. Depart­ment spokesman J Peter Don­ald said the NYPD was also mon­i­tor­ing in­tel­li­gence through a joint ter­ror­ism task force.

Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo said he had di­rected state law en­force­ment to in­crease trans­porta­tion se­cu­rity at air­ports, bridges, tun­nels and mass tran­sit sys­tems across New York. AP

Staff from a lo­cal Ital­ian res­tau­rant hand out free pizza and wa­ter to emer­gency ser­vices work­ers near Par­sons Green tube sta­tion in west Lon­don.

Emer­gency ser­vices tend to an in­jured woman fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion on an Un­der­ground train at Par­sons Green sta­tion, which in­jured 29 peo­ple.

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