UK on high alert as manhunt continues for Tube suspects
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.