WEB GIANTS WITH BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS

It takes min­utes on Google to find plans to build this bomb which brought ter­ror to the Tube. Now the PM is to con­front bosses of the...

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Re­becca Cam­ber, Larisa Brown and Emine Sin­maz

Theresa May will or­der in­ter­net giants to clamp down on ex­trem­ism fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s Tube ter­ror at­tack.

She will take on Google, Face­book and Mi­crosoft af­ter hun­dreds of com­muters and school­child­ren nar­rowly avoided death when a bomb failed fully to det­o­nate on a rush-hour train in Lon­don.

The at­tacker, who was on the run last night, used a ‘fairy light’ bomb that can be made from in­struc­tions still avail­able on­line.

The Prime Min­is­ter will host a summit with French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron next week and is ex­pected to warn tech­nol­ogy giants they need to do more to muz­zle ex­trem­ists.

She has raised the ter­ror alert sta­tus to its high­est level ‘crit­i­cal’, which means an at­tack is ex­pected im­mi­nently. Troops will be de­ployed at key sites to free up more armed po­lice to pa­trol thor­ough­fares and trans­port hubs.

The sus­pect for the at­tack at Par­sons Green in west Lon­don had not been iden­ti­fied late last night. Se­cu­rity ser­vices fear he will strike again and may be part of a ji­hadi cell. It is un­der­stood that

‘Pub­lic­ity and recog­ni­tion’

in­ves­ti­ga­tors found fin­ger­prints on the de­vice and have a CCTV im­age of the sus­pect. As Scot­land Yard and MI5 de­ployed hun­dreds of de­tec­tives to hunt for him:

Mrs May re­buked Don­ald Trump for say­ing the bomber was ‘in the sights’ of po­lice;

Com­muters told of pan­de­mo­nium when a ball of flame en­gulfed their car­riage;

Twenty-nine peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries; Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity. The bomber fled shortly af­ter dump­ing the crude ex­plo­sive de­vice on a District Line train head­ing to cen­tral Lon­don.

It was hid­den in a Lidl bag in­side a large plas­tic food or builder’s tub.

At around 8.20am it par­tially ig­nited, send­ing a fire­ball through the car­riage, caus­ing flash wounds. The de­vice fiz­zled out how­ever be­fore the main charge could go off. Pas­sen­gers cov­ered in blood and with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair, fled in panic, trig­ger­ing a stam­pede.

The bomber is be­lieved to have been cap­tured on CCTV mak­ing a tele­phone call. Ex­perts at GCHQ have been work­ing to match up calls made in the Par­sons Green area at that time. Se­cu­rity ser­vices also looked at Oys­ter cards and con­tact cards used to get in to sta­tions on the line to try to work out who the bomber is.

Mr Trump sug­gested in a tweet that the bomber was al­ready on the radar of Scot­land Yard, a claim which was met with fury from po­lice.

It is un­der­stood that po­lice had a named sus­pect af­ter an anti- ter­ror of­fi­cer thought he recog­nised the bomber’s face from a CCTV im­age. But the lead crum­bled when of­fi­cers traced the man and dis­cov­ered he had an al­ibi.

Ear­lier this week, an im­age was cir­cu­lated on en­crypted mes­sag­ing site Tele­gram of a ji­hadi point­ing to­ward Lon­don land­marks such as Big Ben.

Ter­ror an­a­lysts sug­gested the real tar­get yes­ter­day could have been ma­jor sta­tions in­clud­ing Padding­ton and Earl’s Court which the train was bound for on its way to Edg­ware Road. There was a timer on the de­vice and it is thought to have det­o­nated ear­lier than planned.

The train would have passed through busy stops in­clud­ing Earl’s Court, High Street Kens­ing­ton, Not­ting Hill Gate and Padding­ton, some of which are un­der­ground, where a blast would have been more pow­er­ful.

Last night the Is­lamic State ter­ror group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Par­sons Green at­tack.

Rita Katz, di­rec­tor of US in­tel­li­gence group Site, said IS claimed the bomb­ing was the work of a ‘de­tach­ment’ rather than sim­ply a ‘sol­dier’, which she said im­plied it was a co­or­di­nated at­tack.

Will Ged­des, of se­cu­rity con­sul­tants ICP, said: ‘My feel­ing is Par­sons Green was not the in­tended des­ti­na­tion for this de­vice. Mod­ern-day ter­ror­ists look for max­i­mum pub­lic­ity and recog­ni­tion world­wide. Un­less you have been to Par­sons Green, or live in Lon­don, you will not know it.

‘Earl’s Court, Not­ting Hill and Padding­ton, th­ese are in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised des­ti­na­tions on that line that would have had much greater im­pact.’

Po­lice have re­vealed that the home­made bomb – likened to pres­sure-cooker de­vices used in 2013’s Bos­ton Marathon at­tack – did not fully det­o­nate.

Those bombs, which killed three and in­jured hun­dreds, were packed with nails and ball-bear­ings to cause max­i­mum dam­age. There was spec­u­la­tion that yes­ter­day’s bomb in­cor­po­rated nails.

Foren­sics ex­perts have been ex­am­in­ing fin­ger­prints on the de­vice and the con­tainer it was in.

Hans Michels, pro­fes­sor of safety engi- neer­ing at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, said it bore sim­i­lar­i­ties to the bombs used in the 21/7 Lon­don at­tacks.

He added: ‘There are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties with the af­ter­math of the sec­ond largely failed ex­plo­sions on the Lon­don Un­der­ground in 2005. In ap­pear­ance and ar­range­ment the rem­nants of the de­vice seem highly sim­i­lar to those of the hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide based de­vices of 2005.

‘The flash flame re­ported sug­gests that the ex­plo­sion was only partly suc­cess­ful. In par­tic­u­lar much of the bucket still seems to be in­tact and there ap­pear to be no vic­tims with lethal im­pact wounds.

‘I must spec­u­late that ei­ther the mix­ture was not of the right com­po­si­tion or that the ig­ni­tion sys­tem was in­ad­e­quate or not prop­erly placed.’

Mrs May is be­ing kept in­formed of de­vel­op­ments af­ter the fifth ma­jor ter­ror at­tack on Bri­tish soil in six months.

The Prime Min­is­ter led an emer­gency meet­ing of Co­bra and an­nounced the ter­ror threat level would not be raised from se­vere – although it was later changed to crit­i­cal.

She con­demned the ‘cow­ardly at­tack’ say­ing ‘this was a de­vice in­tended to cause sig­nif­i­cant harm’. The pub­lic would see more armed po­lice on the streets to of­fer re­as­sur­ance but peo­ple should ‘go about their busi­ness as nor­mal’, she added.

Pho­to­graphs show what ex­perts be­lieve is a ‘pretty un­so­phis­ti­cated’ bomb with Christ­mas lights pro­trud­ing out of the top of the de­vice – a type of fuse en­cour­aged by IS in its on­line man­u­als and mag­a­zines.

It is not the first time ex­trem­ists have used fairy lights to build a de­vice.

In May a rad­i­calised for­mer door­man Zahid Hussain was found to have built an ex­plo­sive de­vice in his bed­room with fairy lights, shrap­nel and a pres­sure cooker.

He is said to have re­searched bomb­mak­ing tech­niques on­line, with po­lice find­ing a wealth of notes and in­struc­tions at his home in Birm­ing­ham.

Smoul­der­ing: The par­tially-ex­ploded bucket bomb and the fairy lights used to det­o­nate it yes­ter­day

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