TUBE BOMB SUS­PECT IN PO­LICE CUS­TODY

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A TEENAGER is in cus­tody and a mass evac­u­a­tion un­der way by counter-ter­ror of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Par­sons Green bomb­ing.

Po­lice yes­ter­day searched a house in Sun­bury-on-Thames, Surrey, after an 18-year-old – un­der­stood to be the sus­pected bomber – was ar­rested in Dover.

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said it was “much too early to say” whether the bomber was part of the cur­rent se­cu­rity pic­ture, fol­low­ing com­ments from US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that the cul­prit was known to Scot­land Yard.

Speak­ing after a meet­ing of the Gov­ern­ment’s emer­gency Co­bra com­mit­tee, Ms Rudd said the ar­rest was “very sig­nif­i­cant”, and added: “We have one ar­rest and an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion – when we have more in­for­ma­tion, we will be shar­ing it.”

It came as res­i­dents across Sun­bury were forced to flee their homes fol­low­ing the ar­rest.

Mo­j­gan Ja­mali, who was among those evac­u­ated from Cavendish Road at around 1.40pm, said she was told by po­lice she had “one minute” to pack her bags, grab her chil­dren, and leave home as of­fi­cers car­ried out ur­gent op­er­a­tions in the area.

The mother-of-three said: “I was in my house with my chil­dren and there was a knock at the door from the po­lice.

“They told me to leave. They said: ‘You have one minute to get out of the house and get away.’

“I just got out, I got my three chil­dren and we left the house and the street.

“We didn’t know what was go­ing on. There was a lot of ru­mours go­ing on, a lot of sto­ries, people say­ing this and that, but we didn’t know.

“Ear­lier the po­lice came around and asked if we could look after an­other fam­ily in our home for a lit­tle while, which I was ob­vi­ously happy to do.

“But then they came back later and just said we had one minute.

“I only had to open the door and I saw po­lice ev­ery­where.”

Mrs Ja­mali, 33, said she did not know where to go, so de­cided to take her chil­dren – aged be­tween five and 10 – to the shops.

She said: “I had to do some­thing to keep them en­ter­tained and to keep their minds off it – it’s ob­vi­ously pretty scary. I’m try­ing to keep them calm.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers told res­i­dents they must wait “at least a few hours” be­fore they could re­turn to their homes, and di­rected them to the nearby Staines Rugby Club.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors – who it is un­der­stood are link­ing the at­tack to Is­lamist ex­trem­ism – are con­tin­u­ing their probe and the threat level re­mains at crit­i­cal, which means a fur­ther at­tack is feared to be im­mi­nent.

The coun­try’s top counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cer in­di­cated that a po­ten­tial net­work of plot­ters could have been in­volved.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley said po­lice were “chas­ing down sus­pects”.

Po­lice de­clined to say where the 18-year-old de­tained man was from, whether he was the sus­pected bomber or the pre­cise de­tails of the of­fence for which he was ar­rested.

His cap­ture took place in the port area of Dover at around 7.50am yes­ter­day. It is the busiest ferry hub in Europe and serves as a com­mer­cial gate­way to the French coast, in­clud­ing Calais and Dunkirk.

A key strand of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has fo­cused on CCTV as of­fi­cers comb through footage to es­tab­lish who planted the de­vice, and when and where it was placed on the train.

Se­cu­rity min­is­ter Ben Wal­lace sug­gested CCTV im­ages of the bomber could be re­leased as part of the hunt for those re­spon­si­ble, but Scot­land Yard sub­se­quently de­nied there were any plans to do so.

The vast man­hunt was launched after an im­pro­vised de­vice par­tially ex­ploded on a District Line train at Par­sons Green sta­tion dur­ing the Fri­day morn­ing rush hour, in­jur­ing 30.

Three vic­tims re­main in hospi­tal, NHS Eng­land said.

Troops have been dis­patched to free up armed po­lice of­fi­cers after the coun­try’s ter­ror threat level was raised to its high­est point.

Fri­day’s de­vice re­port­edly con­tained the ex­plo­sive tri­ace­tone triper­ox­ide (TATP) and nails, but is thought to have only par­tially det­o­nated from inside a bucket.

Par­sons Green sta­tion was re­opened in the early hours yes­ter­day.

There were fears the num­ber of those hurt could have been much higher – with the real po­ten­tial for lifethreat­en­ing in­juries – had the bomb, which was con­cealed within a su­per­mar­ket car­rier bag, fully ex­ploded.

It is not yet known whether the de­vice, which was re­port­edly fixed with a timer, went off at its in­tended tar­get.

The train – bound for Edg­ware Road – was just pulling into the sta­tion in south-west London when the de­vice det­o­nated in the rear car­riage, send­ing pas­sen­gers flee­ing to safety.

Po­lice stand out­side a prop­erty on Cavendish Road, Sun­bury-on-Thames, fol­low­ing a raid linked to the Par­sons Green ter­ror at­tack

The bucket on fire on a tube train at Par­sons Green sta­tion in west London

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