London Underground Blast Update

London Underground Blast Update

By Vittorio Travan

London has suffered its fourth terror attack this year following the detonation of a bomb on a suburban train line.

The attempted bombing at the Parsons Green train station was prevented due to a premature detonation, with two individuals arrested in connection to the threat.

The increased man power dedicated to forensic analysis led to the arrest of a 18 year old man in Dover  and  21 year old Syrian refugee Yahyah Farroukh in connection to the attack under the Terrorism Act.

In conjunction with the arrests, London police conducted two house raids across Sunbury and Stanwell. Residents of Sunbury were told by police to evacuate as they set up a 100 metre  precautionary zone after a house raid in the area.

The bomb was concealed in a plastic bucket inside a shopping bag, with the incident forcing the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre to raise the terror threat level to critical on Saturday. This was the highest terror rating in London since the May 23rd Manchester bombings.

However, following the two arrests and house raids across London, the terror threat level was reduced to severe, meaning a threat of a further attack is highly likely.

The attack injured 30 people, with the blast contained to the train as it was still stationary. One person is still being treated in the burns unit of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Experts say the damage of the bomb could have been more destructive, had the full detention been completed and the train was not stationary.

Following the attack radical group Islamic State claimed responsibility, however intelligence experts say there is little evidence to suggest they are behind the attack. Talking with the BBC, England’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd said,

 “We have no evidence to suggest that yet, but as this unfolds … we will make sure we find out exactly how he was radicalised, if we can.”

In response to the threat English Prime Minister Theresa May gave a televised response saying military personnel would replace police officers at strategic sites. This has allowed more police to contribute to the search of forensic clues and in analysing surveillance footage.

Military personnel were deployed at nuclear power plants and defence sites and other strategic sites not accessible to the public.

The increased presence of clothed police and military officers at district train lines are also in place to deter further attacks. In a televised statement Theresa May said,

“The police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of Defence to enact part of the first phase of Operation Tempera. This is well established plan to derive military support to the police. The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets providing extra protection”

 

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