‘Sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest’ made in Lon­don train bomb­ing

18-year-old man a sus­pect in at­tack that in­jured 29

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LON­DON — Bri­tish po­lice said Satur­day that they had made a “sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest” of a sus­pect in the ter­ror­ist ex­plo­sion in a Lon­don sub­way sta­tion that in­jured at least 29 peo­ple and un­leashed panic among flee­ing pas­sen­gers.

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied only as an 18-year-old man, was ar­rested in the port of Dover — the main ferry link to France — and was brought to Lon­don, po­lice said.

“We have made a sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion this morn­ing,” Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu, the top coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cial at the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, said in a state­ment.

Po­lice also launched a mas­sive armed search in the south­west­ern Lon­don sub­urb of Sun­bury in which they evac­u­ated res­i­dents, es­tab­lished a huge cor­don and im­posed a no-fly zone above the prop­erty be­ing searched.

The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast Fri­day in a state­ment that said “a de­tach­ment” of its mil­i­tants had car­ried out the at­tack.

Bri­tain raised its ter­ror­ist threat level to “crit­i­cal,” the high­est level, af­ter the ex­plo­sion, mean­ing that an­other as­sault was “ex­pected im­mi­nently.” Basu said Satur­day that the threat level would re­main that way as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued.

Ben Wal­lace, the se­cu­rity min­is­ter, told the BBC’s To­day ra­dio pro­gram that the home­made de­vice used in the at­tack had con­tained tri­ace­tone triper­ox­ide, or TATP, an ex­plo­sive sim­i­lar to the one used in the Manch­ester Arena bomb­ing in May.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said a ma­jor hunt was still un­der­way for any other sus­pects con­nected to the sub­way bomb­ing. Hun­dreds of sol­diers have been de­ployed across strate­gic sites, po­lice said.

As part of the bomb­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, armed of­fi­cers on Satur­day were search­ing at least one house in Sun­bury-on-Thames, on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal.

Sun­bury is 10 miles west of Par­sons Green, where the ex­plo­sion oc­curred.

Louise Mar­getts, 54, said she was re­turn­ing from the su­per­mar­ket to her home when she saw four po­lice ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a po­lice ca­nine unit, speed­ing up the road.

Mar­getts, a teacher, man­aged to get home, but po­lice ar­rived at her door soon after­ward.

“They didn’t re­ally tell us any­thing,” she said. “They knocked, well, ham­mered, on the door and said: ‘Out now. We can’t say why.’”

Af­ter po­lice sealed off the sur­round­ing streets, res­i­dents were told that they had to evac­u­ate.

Po­lice of­fi­cers have been comb­ing the footage from CCTV on the Lon­don trans­porta­tion net­work for clues about who had placed the bomb that ex­ploded Fri­day.

The crude ex­plo­sive, wrapped in a plas­tic gro­cery bag that was con­cealed in a bucket, ex­ploded at 8:20 a.m., dur­ing the morn­ing rush on a train at the sta­tion in West Lon­don.

The whole car­riage was en­gulfed in flames, wit­nesses said, and dozens of pas­sen­gers tram­pled one an­other to try to exit the train. No one was killed in the at­tack, but sev­eral peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized for in­juries in­clud­ing burns and frac­tures.

Bri­tain has en­dured four other ter­ror­ist at­tacks this year, which have killed a to­tal of 36 peo­ple. The other at­tacks in Lon­don — near Par­lia­ment, on Lon­don Bridge and near a mosque in Fins­bury Park in north Lon­don — used ve­hi­cles and knives. In ad­di­tion, a sui­cide bomber struck a packed con­cert hall in Manch­ester in north­ern Eng­land, killing 22 peo­ple.

While Lon­don­ers ex­pressed re­lief that no one was killed in Fri­day’s blast, the episode re­newed fears about the threat of ter­ror­ism.

“This has become the new nor­mal,” said Harry Walker, a Par­sons Green res­i­dent. “We get at­tacked, and then we carry on, wait­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion for the next one.”

Victoria Jones/The Associated Press

Po­lice of­fi­cers worked Satur­day near a prop­erty in south­west Lon­don as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Fri­day’s Par­sons Green bomb­ing.

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