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 . . .

Scottish 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.

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

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 tackle ex­trem­ists.

last night she 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 sta­tion in west london has not been named. But he is said to be known to the se­cu­rity ser­vices, who fear he will strike again and may be part of a ji­hadi cell.

it is un­der­stood in­ves­ti­ga­tors found fin­ger­prints

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

Mrs May re­buked Don­ald Trump for say­ing the bomber was ‘in the sights’ of Bri­tish 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 for the at­tack.

The bomber fled shortly af­ter dump­ing the sus­pected nail 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 work out who the bomber is.

The speed with which the ter­ror­ist was iden­ti­fied sug­gests he could al­ready have been on a po­lice data­base or watch­list.

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.

Foren­sics were last night ex­am­in­ing fin­ger­prints from com­po­nents of the explosive de­vice and the con­tainer.

Ear­lier this week, an im­age was cir­cu­lated on en­crypted mes­sag­ing site Tele-

‘Pub­lic­ity and recog­ni­tion’

gram 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 co-or­di­nated 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, and it is not yet clear if yes­ter­d­day’s de­vice had sim­i­lar pro­jec­tiles.

Hans Michels, pro­fes­sor of safety en­gi­neer­ing at Im­pe­rial Col­lege London, said the de­vice bore sim­i­lar­i­ties to those in the failed 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 chaired an emer­gency meet­ing of Co­bra and an­nounced the ter­ror threat level would not be raised from se­vere to crit­i­cal – al­though this 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’.

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 ISIS 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

Com­ment – Page 18

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

A time for ac­tion: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May at Down­ing Street last night

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