Sec­ond man held in con­nec­tion with Lon­don train at­tack

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

LON­DON: Bri­tish po­lice said yes­ter­day they had made a sec­ond ar­rest in con­nec­tion with the bomb­ing of a Lon­don Un­der­ground train, as their probe into the ter­ror at­tack widened.

The 21-year-old man, who has not been named, was ar­rested late on Sat­ur­day in Houn­slow, on the west­ern rim of the cap­i­tal, a state­ment said.

Of­fi­cers had ear­lier ar­rested an 18-yearold man over Fri­day’s at­tack at Par­sons Green sta­tion, which in­jured 30 peo­ple, and said they were hunt­ing for more sus­pects.

The bomb det­o­nated in a packed train car­riage on Fri­day morn­ing with a large ex­plo­sion fol­lowed by what an eye­wit­ness de­scribed as a “fire­ball”.

It was Bri­tain’s fifth ter­ror at­tack in six months — a se­ries that has claimed 35 lives.

The Is­lamic State ji­hadist group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The first ar­rest on Sat­ur­day took place at the Dover ferry ter­mi­nal — a main link to Europe. A “num­ber of items” were re­cov­ered dur­ing the op­er­a­tion and the teenager is now in cus­tody in Lon­don, of­fi­cers said.

Po­lice had ear­lier raided a home in Sun­bury, a town west of Lon­don. Lo­cal res­i­dents quoted in Bri­tish me­dia said the own­ers of the house were el­derly fos­ter par­ents.

Bri­tain’s ter­ror threat was raised on Fri­day to “crit­i­cal”, in­di­cat­ing that an­other at­tack is feared, and soldiers have been de­ployed to guard key points to free up po­lice for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The crit­i­cal warn­ing was last used af­ter a deadly sui­cide at­tack at Man­ches­ter Arena, also claimed by IS, in May.

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said on Sat­ur­day that po­lice had made “very good progress” in their en­quiries, while dis­put­ing claims by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that a “loser ter­ror­ist” be­hind the at­tack was known to Scot­land Yard.

“It’s much too early to say that,” Ms Rudd said in a tele­vised in­ter­view.

Mr Trump’s claims had al­ready gar­nered a terse re­buke from Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, who said: “I never think it’s help­ful for any­body to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

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