Third suspect arrested in London train bombing

RSTV Bureau
London: In this image made from video, a woman with blankets wrapped around her is being escorted  by emergency services near the scene of an explosion in London Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. A reported explosion at a train station sent commuters stampeding in panic, injuring several people at the height of London's morning rush hour, and police said they were investigating it as a terrorist attack. AP/PTI

London: In this image made from video, a woman with blankets wrapped around her is being escorted by emergency services near the scene of an explosion in London Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. A reported explosion at a train station sent commuters stampeding in panic, injuring several people at the height of London’s morning rush hour, and police said they were investigating it as a terrorist attack. AP/PTI

British police have arrested a third man in connection with the terror attack on a packed London Tube train that injured 30 people last week.

Scotland Yard’s Counter-Terrorism Command investigating the Friday attack arrested the 25-year-old from Newport, South Wales on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police said that an address in Newport is being searched in this connection.

On Saturday, an 18-year-old man was detained at Dover port and a 21-year-old was arrested in Hounslow in west London.

Both suspects were being held under the UK’s Terrorism Act and being questioned at a south London police station.

The suspects have not been named officially but the 21- year-old has been identified locally as Syrian refugee Yahyah Faroukh.

Thirty people were injured during the attack in which an improvised explosive device was detonated on a Tube train at Parsons Green underground station during morning rush hour on September 15.

The latest arrest is also under section 41 of the UK’s Terrorism Act, as in the case of the other two suspects.

The arrest was carried out by the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, supported by Gwent Police and the Welsh Extremism and Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Metropolitan Police Commander Dean Haydon said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. We now have three men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses.”

The Islamic State group has said it was behind the bombing but Met Police’s Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said it was “very routine” for IS to claim the attack, whether in contact with those involved or not.

The explosion, described as a “bucket bomb”, sent a “fireball” through the Tube causing burn injuries to several commuters.

(With inputs from agencies)