Bri­tish po­lice makes ar­rest over Lon­don train at­tack

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Lon­don, UK - Bri­tish po­lice made their first ar­rest on 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.

The im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice failed to det­o­nate fully, ac- cord­ing 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 Is­lamic State group - led to the na­tional threat level be­ing raised to crit­i­cal - mean­ing another at­tack could be im­mi­nent.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May an­nounced late on 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.”

The crit­i­cal alert ter­ror warn­ing was last used af­ter the deadly sui­cide at­tack at Manch­ester Arena in May.

Wit­nesses de­scribed chaos af­ter Fri­day’s ex­plo­sion. Char­lie Craven told AFP he heard a ‘mas­sive bang’ and ‘an orange sort of fire­ball en­com­pass­ing the whole Tube com­ing to­wards you’.

Another, Lau­ren Hub­bard, de­scribed it as ‘a wall of fire’. Twit­ter user @Rrigs posted pic­tures of a white bucket smoul­der­ing on the train and de­scribed how a ‘fire­ball flew down car­riage and we just jumped out open door’.

The bucket, which was in­side a frozen food bag, looked like the type used by builders and there ap­peared to be ca­bles com­ing from it. The rem­nants of the bomb were ex­am­ined by foren­sic sci­en­tists but no fur­ther de­tails were re­leased.

Bri­tish me­dia re­ported that it 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’.

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