Police make additional arrests in connection with London subway bombing

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

Police stepped up their investigation Monday into the bombing of a packed London Underground train during rush hour after officers made a second arrest in their probe.

Daesh claimed other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and one in Manchester.

Following the 7/7 bombings in 2005, the government attempted to get the maximum period of detention without charge extended to 90 days, but the proposal was defeated in the House of Commons.

The threat level has been dropped from critical to severe, but given the series of four attacks in the last six months, British Prime Minister Theresa May told ABC News she wants a hard look at what is being done to prevent them.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Newport, Wales, in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said.

An 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old were arrested separately by police on Saturday, a day after the incident, and searches are under way at two addresses on the outskirts of London, according to United Kingdom police.

The home in Sunbury-on-Thames is owned by an elderly couple who have fostered hundreds of children.

"The police have made good progress with is an ongoing operation", said Amber Rudd, Britain's Home Secretary.

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, national lead for counter-terrorism policing, said, "There are now two searches continuing at addresses in Surrey and we are getting a greater understanding of the preparation of the device".

A local official said the second suspect had also been fostered by the Joneses.

Mrs Rudd, who was appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, shut down ISIL's claim that the group was responsible for the attack, saying there was "no evidence" to support this.

British police and spy agencies have not found evidence that last week's attack on a London commuter train was ordered or organised by a recognised militant group, according to USA and British government sources familiar with the investigation.

"It is necessary for us to look, as we are doing, at whether our police and security service have the full capabilities, the powers that they need", May said.

A total of 36 people have been killed in Britain this year in militant attacks.

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