United Kingdom threat level remains at critical: minister

Sep 18, 2017, 00:26
United Kingdom threat level remains at critical: minister

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police were "working hard" to track down those responsible for the blast.

"The Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre which reviews the threat level that the United Kingdom is under have made a decision to lower than level from critical to severe", the local media quoted Amber Rudd.

The 21-year-old was detained in Hounslow, west London at around 11.50pm on Saturday.

Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack, which left 30 people injured when a bomb partially exploded on a District Line train on Friday morning.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "Thanks to the dedicated work of our police officers and intelligence services, the UK's threat level has now been lowered from "critical" to "severe".

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

Her comments come after an 18-year-old man was arrested on Saturday in the departure lounge of Dover port in connection with the blast.

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.

Basu also said investigators were keeping an "open mind" as to whether more than one person was involved in the attack.

Home Secretary Rudd further said that she would urge everyone to be vigilant but not alarmed.

Rudd made the statement after British police arrested two suspects in connection of the explosion in a packed rush-hour carriage on Friday at Parsons Green subway station.

Prime Minister Theresa May later raised the terror threat level from "severe" to "critical", meaning another attack is expected imminently.

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