Police arrest 18-year-old in London subway blast

A police manhunt led to a “significant” arrest in connection with an explosion in what officials called a terrorist attack on a crowded London subway car.

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Kent Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port area of Dover on Saturday morning under section 41 of the Terrorism Act, the Telegraph reported.
“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.”

Government officials raised the terror threat level from “severe” to “critical,” after the blast which occurred as a train left Parsons Green station and caused a fire that swept through the subway car on Friday. At least 29 passengers were injured, as several were burned and dozens attempted to escape unharmed.

The suspect was taken into custody at a local police station and will later be transferred under guard to another station in south London.

The Guardian reported detectives will question the man and examine any computers and phones he owns in search of additional information about the attack and any potential accomplices.

“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,” Basu said.

Counter-terrorism investigators hope to apprehend the suspects behind the attack before they are able to strike again.

“The public should remain vigilant as our staff, officers and partners continue to work through this complex investigation,” Basu said. “We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place.”

By Daniel Uria