9/20/2017

Police arrest third suspect: London Parsons Green attack

Police arrest third suspect: London Parsons Green attack

A third man has been arrested in connection with the bombing of a London Underground train last week. Two other men detained over the weekend remain in custody.

British police on Tuesday arrested a third person over a bomb attack on a London commuter train last week.

Counterterrorism police arrested a 25-year-old man in Newport, Wales, according to a statement by London's Metropolitan Police.
Two men — an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq and a 21-year-old from Syria — were arrested in England on Saturday and are still in custody. Police said they were searching four addresses in relation to the attack.

The so-called "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility, but authorities have not found evidence that the attack was ordered or organized by the militant group.
The latest arrest widens the police probe, with the two previous suspects captured at the Dover ferry terminal, and at Hounslow in west London.

Explosion at Parsons Green

At 8:20 a.m. London time, emergency services responded to a reported "explosion" at the Parsons Green underground station in the city's southwest. Panicked morning commuters said they heard a loud bang and saw flames flashing through one of the carriages.

'Fast-moving investigation'

A bucket packed with homemade explosives and nails partially detonated on a crowded train at the Parsons Green station on Friday, injuring 30 people, mostly with burns.

The terror threat level in the UK  was raised to its maximum level after the attack, but was downgraded to severe on Sunday after the first two arrests.

"This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday," said Dean Haydon, the Metropolitan Police's head of counterterrorism command. "Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack."

Security camera footage published by British media on Sunday showed a man carrying a bag similar to the one containing the explosive device in Sunbury, west of London, a location later raided by police.


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