Train bombing: United Kingdom government says arrest of suspect significant

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

The UK's terror threat level has been downgraded from critical - meaning an attack is imminent - to severe.

U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said speculation by U.S. President Donald Trump over Friday's commuter train bombing in west London is unhelpful while police continue to investigate the attack.

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

She added that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), which sets the terror threat level, had decided "sufficient progress has been made" to lower it.

Soldiers who had been drafted in to guard public sites in order to free up police resources will "return to their original positions" over the next few days, Ms Rudd said.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack.


British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has described Saturday's arrest of an 18-year-old man in Dover, in connection with a train bombing a day earlier as very significant.

The second man, 21, was detained under Britain's terrorism laws in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, London police said in a statement. He is being questioned at a south London police station but has not been charged or identified.

Police said they are searching a residential address in Stanwell, Surrey, in conjunction with this arrest.

The search of the property in Sunbury, also in the county of Surrey next to the capital, was continuing, they said.

The entire road was evacuated on Saturday while the initial investigations at the property were underway.

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