Man hunt on for London bomber as threat level raised

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD - AFP

Bri­tish po­lice raced Satur­day to track down who­ever planted a bomb on a packed London Un­der­ground train, as au­thor­i­ties raised the na­tional threat level to max­i­mum, mean­ing another at­tack may be im­mi­nent.

Fri­day morn­ing’s blast, which left 29 peo­ple in­jured, was Bri­tain’s fifth ter­ror at­tack in six months and was claimed by the Is­lamic State group.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May an­nounced late Fri­day that the threat level had been raised to “crit­i­cal,” and said troops would take over guard­ing key sites to free po­lice of­fi­cers for de­ploy­ment else­where.

The ex­plo­sion at Par­sons Green sta­tion in south-west London sparked a “wall of fire” that left pas­sen­gers with burns and caused a stam­pede of pan­ick­ing peo­ple in which some were tram­pled.

No one has yet been ar­rested over the bomb­ing, but anti-ter­ror­ism po­lice chief Mark Row­ley said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was mak­ing “re­ally good progress.”

“We’re chas­ing down sus­pects,” he told re­porters.

“Some­body has planted this im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Tube. We have to be open-minded at this stage about him and po­ten­tial as­so­ciates.”

May said mil­i­tary per­son­nel would take over guard duty at cer­tain closed “pro­tected sites,” free­ing up 1,000 po­lice of­fi­cers to be de­ployed on the trans­port net­work and on streets across Bri­tain.

The coun­try was last on crit­i­cal alert af­ter the bomb­ing at a con­cert in Manch­ester in May, which was also claimed by the IS group./

/AFP

A white con­tainer burn­ing in­side a London Un­der­ground car­riage at Par­sons Green, in an im­age up­loaded on Twit­ter by user @RRigs.

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