Bri­tish po­lice make ‘sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest’ in train at­tack probe

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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.

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