▶ Man, 18, de­tained at Dover ferry ter­mi­nal to Europe over bomb­ing

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Bri­tish po­lice ar­rested an 18-year-old man yes­ter­day over Friday’s ter­ror­ist at­tack on a Lon­don com­muter train.

Scot­land Yard said that the man was ar­rested in the “port area” of Dover, sug­gest­ing that he was try­ing to leave Bri­tain rather than be­ing a res­i­dent of the town.

“We have made a sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion this morn­ing,” said Neil Basu, the na­tional po­lice counter-ter­ror­ist co-or­di­na­tor.

The force de­clined to give de­tails about the man who was de­tained af­ter hun­dreds of de­tec­tives scoured se­cu­rity cam­era footage from the train and the trans­port net­work.

ISIL has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast on Friday that in­jured at least 29 peo­ple.

De­spite the ar­rest, Mr Basu said that the threat level re­mained at crit­i­cal, mean­ing that a fur­ther at­tack may be im­mi­nent. Prime min­is­ter Theresa May an­nounced the up­grad­ing of the ter­ror threat on Friday in light of the at­tack.

She said mil­i­tary per­son­nel would take over guard duty at cer­tain closed “pro­tected sites”, free­ing up 1,000 po­lice of­fi­cers for du­ties on the trans­port net­work and on Bri­tain’s streets.

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

Last night, se­nior po­lice said that they were open-minded about who planted the de­vice and whether he had as­so­ci­ates.

The Na­tional Health Ser­vice said 29 peo­ple had been treated in hos­pi­tal, many suf­fer­ing from flash burns, while oth­ers were tram­pled as they ran away from the ex­plo­sion at Par­sons Green tube sta­tion in west Lon­don dur­ing the peak of the morn­ing rush-hour at 8.20am.

Com­muters re­ported a “fire­ball” shoot­ing down the train with the blast rip­ping the cloth­ing from some vic­tims. Chil­dren were sep­a­rated from their car­ers in the chaos, wit­ness Luke Walm­s­ley told Sky News.

Ryan Bar­nett, 25, who was at the sta­tion, said hun­dreds of peo­ple ran past him off the train scream­ing “get off the train” and “ev­ery­one run”.

“It is ab­so­lute chaos, it was quite scary be­cause at one stage we thought we might be trapped there – I heard a preg­nant woman lost her shoes and had fallen over.”

Pic­tures on so­cial me­dia showed flames from a white bucket left close to the door of a tube train, but the fail­ure of the de­vice to prop­erly det­o­nate ap­pears to have lim­ited the num­ber of deaths and in­juries.

The bucket ap­peared to have wires from it, but there was no in­di­ca­tion of sig­nif­i­cant dam­age in the car­riage. Ex­perts said that it ap­peared to be a crude de­vice along the lines of those used in the Boston marathon bomb­ing in 2013.

Mrs May chaired a meet­ing of the govern­ment’s emer­gency re­sponse com­mit­tee. She called the in­ci­dent a “cow­ardly at­tack”.

“My thoughts are with those in­jured at Par­sons Green and emer­gency ser­vices who are re­spond­ing bravely to this ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent,” she said.

The ap­par­ent fail­ure of the de­vice to det­o­nate fully, leav­ing ev­i­dence in­tact, will be a sig­nif­i­cant help to in­ves­ti­ga­tors try­ing to iden­tify the in­di­vid­ual, or the cell, be­hind the at­tack.

With a sus­pected bomber on the run, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice called on peo­ple to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

Andy Trotter, a for­mer BTP chief con­sta­ble, said se­cu­rity cam­eras on the train, sta­tions and across the net­work meant there was an “ex­cel­lent chance of them pick­ing up the per­son re­spon­si­ble”.

Scot­land Yard de­clined to com­ment on claims by US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that the uniden­ti­fied bomber was known to the force. “These are sick and de­mented peo­ple who were in the sights of Scot­land Yard,” he said on Twit­ter. “Must be proac­tive!”

Bri­tain has suf­fered four ter­ror­ist at­tacks this year that have killed 36 peo­ple.

More than 50 peo­ple were killed in a series of co-or­di­nated at­tacks on the Lon­don trans­port sys­tem in 2005.


Emer­gency ser­vices were quickly at the Par­sons Green tube sta­tion in west Lon­don, where the de­vice was det­o­nated

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