Terror threat downgraded to 'severe' after Parsons Green bomb arrests

17 September, 2017, 20:53 | Author: Valerie Burke
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"This is a very significant arrest".

On Sunday, Scotland Yard said that a 21-year-old man had been arrested in Hounslow, south-west London, shortly before midnight.

"He was arrested on the suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism", Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu said at a Saturday news conference.

Police added that they were "keeping an open mind" about whether there may have been additional potential suspects linked to the attack.

A second man has been arrested by detectives investigating the terrorist attack at Parsons Green station on Friday.

Residents of the neighborhood say the house that was searched is occupied by an elderly couple - Penelope and Ronald Jones - who have taken care of foster children for decades.

London police said their investigation into Friday's attack is being supported by MI-5, Britain's domestic intelligence agency.

In an initial statement several hours after the blast posted by its propaganda arm Amaq, IS said a "detachment" of its group planted the bomb.

Thirty people were injured when an improvised explosive device caused a fireball on a District Line carriage.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing provided an update on the Parsons Green Investigation and the threat level to the United Kingdom from global terrorism being reduced from critical to severe, he said:"The high pace and rapid progress of this investigation is continuing".

"This will free up extra armed police to patrol the streets and protect the public."

This is a developing story.

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