UK on high alert as man­hunt con­tin­ues for Tube sus­pects

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BRI­TAIN is on the high­est ter­ror alert, with the mil­i­tary set to bol­ster se­cu­rity, as po­lice hunt the Par­sons Green bomb “sus­pects”.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has raised the threat level to crit­i­cal, mean­ing another at­tack is ex­pected im­mi­nently.

A man­hunt is un­der way af­ter the im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED) sent a fire­ball through a packed Lon­don Un­der­ground train car­riage in south-west Lon­don dur­ing yes­ter­day’s morn­ing rush hour.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley sug­gested there may have been more than one per­son in­volved, say­ing that po­lice were “chas­ing down sus­pects”.

The Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack through its Amaq news agency, ac­cord­ing to the Us-based Site In­tel­li­gence.

In a state­ment out­side Scot­land Yard Mr Row­ley, the UK’S most se­nior an­titer­ror po­lice of­fi­cer, said: “Some­body has planted an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Tube – we have to be open-minded at this stage about him and about po­ten­tial as­so­ciates.”

He said de­tec­tives were only aware of one de­vice and re­fused to be drawn on de­tails of the sus­pects be­cause of the “covert” na­ture of the oper­a­tion.

Mr Row­ley said de­tec­tives have spo­ken to tens of wit­nesses, taken a large num­ber of calls to the an­titer­ror hot­line from mem­bers of the public, and have so far re­ceived 77 images and videos taken at the scene.

He added: “Mean­while, the im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the train, the rem­nants of it, have now been made safe and they’ve been taken away for spe­cial­ist ex­am­i­na­tion by foren­sic sci­en­tists.

“So while we chase down the sus­pects, as the public would ex­pect, we are strength­en­ing our polic­ing re­sources on the streets of Lon­don and across the coun­try while con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I have asked Govern­ment min­is­ters ear­lier on for per­mis­sion to use mem­bers of the mil­i­tary to free up ex­tra po­lice re­sources.

“What that gives me and my team is an ex­tra thou­sand armed po­lice of­fi­cers, largely from Civil Nu­clear Con­stab­u­lary and Min­istry of De­fence po­lice.

“We are work­ing through all of those lines of in­quiry,

PROBE: A foren­sics tent on the plat­form at Par­sons Green.

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