London Arrests 2nd Suspect in Subway Attack
UK remains at critical threat level, believes another attack is imminent
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2017 5:36 AM CDT
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Police raid a property in Sunbury-on-Thames, England, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. British police made a "significant" arrest Saturday in the manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway was hit by a partially-exploded bomb and launched a heavily armed search of a home southwest of London.   (Uncredited)
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(Newser) – London police say a second man has been arrested in connection with the London subway attack. Police said Sunday that a 21-year-old man was arrested late Saturday in west London and is being held under the Terrorism Act. He is being questioned at a south London police station but has not been charged or identified. Two men are now in custody for possible roles in the bombing on a rush-hour subway train Friday morning that injured 29 people. An 18-year-old man was arrested Saturday in the departure area of the port of Dover, where ferries leave for France. The two arrests indicate police and security services believe the attack at the Parsons Green station was part of a coordinated plot, reports the AP. "We are still pursing numerous lines of enquiry and at a great pace," counter-terrorism coordinator Neil Basu of the London police said late Saturday.

Britain's terror threat level remains at "critical"—the highest level—meaning that authorities believe another attack is imminent. The official threat level is not likely to be lowered until police believe all of the plotters have been taken into custody. Police on Saturday launched a massive armed search in the southwestern London suburb of Sunbury. Neighbors were evacuated in a rush for nearly 10 hours before they were allowed to return to their homes. ISIS says the attack Friday was carried out by one of its affiliated units. The improvised explosive device placed on the subway train only partially detonated, limiting injuries. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the casualties would have been far higher if the bomb had fully detonated. Frustrated by the string of terrorist attacks in recent months, she said officials will have to work harder to make bomb components more difficult to obtain.

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