London subway attack: Police arrest teen in connection with blast

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, according to the US-based Site Intelligence.

The Parsons Green station in southwest London reopened at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, more than 17 hours after the explosion.

The police were called at approximately 08:20 hrs on Friday to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of an incident on a tube train.

After the bombing, Britain raised its terror threat level to "critical", the highest level, which means another attack is "expected imminently".

British police on Saturday arrested a teenager in connection with Friday's bombing in London, which left dozens injured.

The man was detained in the costal city of Dover and was taken to a local police station, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

One of the 29 passengers injured in the blast.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing, described it as a "significant arrest" but said the investigation continues.

The man is being held for questioning under the Terrorism Act.

He asked the public to remain "vigilant", but said people should "not be alarmed".

Announcing the raised threat level, the Prime Minister said police had asked for authorisation to enact part of the first phase of a plan to provide military support to the police, known as Operation Temperer.

The search had been on for the suspect or suspects involved in leaving a bucket packed with nails and the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) on a busy train during Friday's morning rush hour.

"This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers", he said. In May, a suicide bomber attacked concert goers in Manchester.

None of the injuries are considered serious or life threatening.

The man's name is not being released at this point, but detectives have spoken with 45 witnesses and received over 75 images and investigators.

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