British police make ‘significant arrest’ in train attack probe
BRITISH police said they arrested an 18-yearold man yesterday at a Channel port in their investigation into the bombing of a London Underground train.
“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover [yesterday], under section 41 of the Terrorism Act,” police said in a statement that described the arrest as “significant”.
“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” police said.
The man is in custody at a local police station and will be transferred to a south London police station in “due course”.
Thirty people were treated in hospital after a bomb detonated in a packed London Underground train on Friday morning, in what was Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months. The toll was revised upwards by one early yesterday.
“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” police said.
“For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage. “This investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” the statement added.
The Islamic State group said an IS “detachment” had been behind the bombing.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Friday that the threat level had been raised to “critical”– meaning another attack could be imminent – and said troops would take over guarding key sites to free police officers for deployment elsewhere.
Four previous attacks in London and Manchester this year claimed the lives of 35 people. Police said the improvised explosive device detonated on a train at Parsons Green station in the west of the city.
A photo posted on social media showed personal belongings and a bucket with an item on fire inside on the floor of a train carriage.
Officials said most of the injuries were flash burns and none of the injured were in serious condition.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its news agency, Amaq, according to the SITE Intel Group, which monitors extremist Internet traffic, but there was no independent indication of the group’s role.
In a separate statement, the group said it had deployed several explosives but only one detonated. That too couldn’t be independently verified.
May said the change in the threat level means security officials’ assessment was “that a further attack may be imminent”.
A handout picture obtained from the twitter user @sylvainpennec shows a container burning inside a London Underground tube carriage at Parsons Green underground tube station on Friday.