18-Year-Old Man Arrested Over London Subway Bombing

An 18-year-old man was arrested by British police in the city of Dover in connection with Friday's rush hout "terrorist" bombing of a London subway train, calling the arrest “significant” but warned that the country’s threat level remained at its highest, "critical" point.

“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning. Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said.

It was unclear if the man arrested was the person believed responsible for the attack, which has been classified as terrorism. Late on Friday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the improvised bomb attack via its news agency, Amaq, saying it was carried out by a “detachment.” There was no independent indication of the group’s role. In another separate statement, Islamic State said it had deployed several explosives but only one detonated. That too couldn’t be independently verified.

The man was arrested in the port area of the city, a major hub for ferry transport between the U.K. and France. Authorities have been urgently tracking down leads in the attack, searching through security camera footage and other information.

“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover this morning, Saturday, 16 September, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act,” police said in a statement. The man remains in custody at a local police station. He will be transferred to a south London police station in due course.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Basu added trhat “this arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.” He gave no further details on the arrest “for strong investigative reasons.” “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” he said.

According to the Guardian, investigators believe the suspect may have been in the port area of Dover to try and board a ferry to leave Britain.

Islamic State are believed to have identified security at Dover and on the ferries as weak, and have used the port in Kent to get people in and out of Britain previously.

In the Friday morning bombing, a homemade device partially exploded on a train at the Parsons Green station in West London, injuring 29 people and sending people screaming in panic. A photo posted on social media showed personal belongings and a bucket with an item on fire inside on the floor of a train carriage. Police have spoken to 45 witnesses and have received 77 images and videos from the public, Mr. Basu said.

The improvised explosive device, which partially detonated at around 8:20am on Friday, was believed by police and the security services to have been intended to kill. It was detonated by a timer. The timing device used was not a mobile phone, which has been used in previous terrorist attacks to trigger a bomb. The device at Parsons Green contained fairy lights, which may have been used as an initiator, to set off the main explosive charge.

As reported previously, late on Friday, Theresa May said the threat of a terrorist attack in the country had been raised to critical, the highest level on a five-rung scale. Mrs. May said the change in the threat level means security officials’ assessment was “that a further attack may be imminent.” The last time the threat assessment was raised to such a level was in May, when police suspected the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert in the northwestern British city of Manchester may have had an accomplice. Police reduced its terrorism-threat level back to severe less than a week after the attack after making arrests.

Police have stepped up security in the wake of the attack and extra armed officers were deployed.

“There will be an increased police presence across London today and over this weekend, including additional armed officers. They are there to keep us safe,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said. “London will never be intimidated by terrorism. We will always defeat those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life,” he said.

Comments

2banana Sat, 09/16/2017 - 08:51 Permalink

Funny how Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Kiev, etc don't have these problems. What could be the difference? You just need to get used to terrorism in the big city.  Your muslim mayor told ya!
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waspwench Handful of Dust Sat, 09/16/2017 - 15:37 Permalink

"Islamic State are believed to have identified security at Dover and on the ferries as weak, and have used the port in Kent  to get people in and out of Britain previously."This is something the "dumbed-down, brainwashed Brits" ought to be outraged about.   Why, when we are having a huge problem with immigrants in Calais attempting to get into the country, is our security at Dover and on the ferries "weak."?   Security should be of major concern everywhere, but most especially on the Dover-Calais ferries.The British government isn't  incompetent, it is criminal in it's negligence.

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IntTheLight Winston Churchill Sat, 09/16/2017 - 09:11 Permalink

Oh please. Irish had a legitimate complaint. Muslims do not belong anywhere near Europeans. Stop sounding like an idiot.

Muslims have been trying to conquer the west since the advent of Islam! 1400 years of trying to conquer Europe. The Irish never attempted to conquer Britain. They were simply sick of attacks by romans, normans and Brits.

Read a book. You might learn something.

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HRClinton trader1 Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:01 Permalink

Both Bosnians and Albanians are leftovers from the Turkish invasions several hundred years ago, when all males >12 were slaughtered by the Turks.Boys <12 were raised as Muslims and conscripted to fight Christians.The women were then used as breeding mares or as slaves. And then you wonder why the Christian neighbors hate and distrust them?

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Jessica6 HRClinton Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:49 Permalink

When I travelled through Europe some 20-odd years ago, I was told they didn't tend to like brown people because of Gypsies. Even then something didn't seem quite right about that claim, but I mostly took it at face value. Even though the ones I encountered in Hungary seemed fairly respectable and there weren't then the begging gangs you see in France or Spain (nobody then had the money for anyone to bother).

Back then, I'd no idea about the Islamic invasions. The Ottoman empire was never discussed or mentioned in any history class I ever took. If I came across a book or a chapter about it, they'd mention the wealth and decadence, but that was about it.

Publishers/educators and so on have been covering for Islam for decades.

Worth a read: https://archive.org/details/HenriPirenneMohammedCharlemagne

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shovelhead Jessica6 Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:29 Permalink

Lol.School history is Cliff notes. I don't remember a lot of nuclear physics from high school science class either.I think there's only so much they can expect hormone addled teens who want to be anywhere else but school to absorb.Who was Mohammed? Who was Charles Martel? That pretty much covered your Islam right there. They might toss in some El Cid because it was a pretty big movie back in the day. Americans got some Barbary pirates before we had to deal with those fucking limeys again.Munich started putting Arabs on the front pages.

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The Alarmist Winston Churchill Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:57 Permalink

English were the aggressors throughout the British Isles. Maybe it was the pollution by the Normans, bloody French! Funny thing is that all those non-English British peoples, Irish included, have been incredibly successful in England. It's the paradox of Great Britain. Biggest mistake, Mr. Churchill, was letting go of the Empire, followed closely by letting to many of the Empire's peoples move to England.

I was an engineer, so I can do my "maths."

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Blanco Diablo Winston Churchill Sat, 09/16/2017 - 09:34 Permalink

One does not need more than two brain cells of logic to understand Muslims and Islam in a nutshell~Since every Muslim is Sharia compliant, every Muslim cannot ever be a Law abiding LOYAL citizen in ANY non Muslim nation because these nations do not submit to Allah’s Sharia.Hence every Muslim is the Eternal and Mortal enemy of every non Muslim Infidel/ Kafir on planet Earth (80% of current humanity)Every Muslim is a potential Mass Murderer the instant he/ she decides that he/she is NOT Sharia compliant enough. (Not ALL Muslims are Terrorists but 100% of Terrorists against Infidels are MUSLIMS)Every Muslim is therefore a hair trigger Time Bomb primed to go offOnly in the WARPED imagination of leftists and Muslim apologists can one find Moderate Militant Radical or Extremist Muslims because in reality Muslims are Muslims just as Nazis are Nazis and no one ever addressed Nazis as Moderate Militant Radical or ExtremistTherefore, because Sharia prohibits them, no Muslim can ever be LOYAL to the laws or the peoples who are Infidels/ KuffarAll other explanations are superfluous and redundant

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