Bri­tish po­lice make ar­rest in bomb­ing

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY CEY­LAN YE­GINSU AND STEPHEN FAR­RELL NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SER­VICE

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.

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