British police have arrested an 18-year-old man in what they’re calling a “significant” detention as they hunt for the perpetrators of Friday’s London underground bombing. Lucy Fielder reports.
DOVER AND LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / INTERNET (REUTERS / UK POOL)
Developments in the manhunt for suspects in the London underground bombing as British police arrest an 18-year-old man.
They made what they describe as a “significant” arrest on Saturday (September 16) in the town of Dover’s port area, where ferries depart for France.
Friday’s (September 15) attack pushed the UK threat level up to critical, meaning another attack may be imminent.
Twenty-nine people were hurt when a home-made bomb burst into flames on a packed commuter train, prompting a stampede to get out of Parson’s Green station.
The improvised explosive device on the London train apparently failed to fully detonate.
The west London tube station reopening Saturday.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
UK police are treating the bombing as terrorism, the country’s fifth such attack this year.
This one was a lucky escape.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing troops would guard strategic sites.
Freeing up hundreds of police to work round-the-clock on the investigation.
Trawling through surveillance footage, speaking to witnesses and examining what’s left of the device.
Pictures and video from the scene showing a plastic bucket with wires sticking out of it.
Chip Chapman is the former head of counter-terrorism at the Ministry of Defence.
FORMER HEAD OF COUNTER TERRORISM FOR THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, CHIP CHAPMAN,
“Well, what you can say is this was a partially functioned IED or improvised explosive device, something went wrong either in terms of the composition of the device, normally if it was I.S. they use a preferred explosive of TATP or triacetone triperoxide, so either the chemical composition of that went wrong or the detonator wasn’t strong enough to give a boost for this.”
Officials won’t say whether the bomber was on the train when the blast went off.
Islamic state claimed three other attacks in the UK this year.
Two in London and one at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May that killed 22 people, most of them teenage fans.