British police make arrest in bombing
LONDON — British police said Saturday that they had ar rested an 18-year-old man in connection with the terrorist explosion in a London subway station that injured at least 30 people and unleashed panic among fleeing passengers.
The suspect was detained in the port area of Dover, in the southeaster n county of Kent. Police said he would be transfer red to a South London police station.
“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning ,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the top counterterrorism official at the Metropolitan Police in London, said in a statement. The suspect was not identified further.
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 terror threat level to “critical,” the highest level, after the explosion, meaning that another assault was “expected imminently.”
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.