London Tube attack suspect identified as Syrian refugee

Sep 19, 2017, 00:11

Britain's official terrorist alert has been lowered to the second highest level.

Farroukh, who was arrested at a fried chicken shop in Hounslow on Saturday, is also registered to another address being searched by police in Stanwell, Surrey.

Party-loving Farroukh, originally from Damascus, learned English at West Thames College in Hounslow.

The 21-year-old was wrestled to the ground outside the fast food restaurant just one day after the failed plot to blow up a tube train at Parsons Green Station in south west London.

The Syrian's Facebook profile included a number of pictures around central London including one of the London Eye tourist attraction with an Arabic phrase from the Koran which translated as "And God would not punish them when they asked forgiveness", said the paper.

British media reported the first details of two men arrested in connection with a crude - but potentially deadly - bomb that detonated in the London subway last week, injuring 30 people and reigniting fears of more terrorist attacks in Britain.

He previously stayed at the Sunbury house of Ronald Jones, 88, and his wife, Penelope, 71, who have been fostering at least 268 children over the past four decades, including refugees from Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia and Syria, according to reports. He lived with the Joneses, but hadn't been arrested "in the last couple of weeks" despite the police activity at the Jones house, a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman told Sky News.

"Penny was telling the police with guns where stuff would be placed in her house".

Local council chief Ian Harvey said he believed the 18-year-old was an Iraqi orphan who moved to the United Kingdom three years ago after his parents died.

He told the Press Association: "One thing I understand is that he was an Iraqi refugee who came here aged 15". He says the 21-year-old was also a former foster child of the Joneses.

Friend Alison Griffiths said the couple, who are now staying with friends, are "great pillars of the community", adding: "They do a job that not many people do".

In nearby Stanwell, neighbours said the man living at the property in Lowlands Drive was a light-skinned man of Arabic appearance.

The arrest was ordered after CCTV footage emerged showing a suspect setting up the attack.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd claimed the two arrests as "good progress" in the inquiry. British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the city's terror threat level to "critical" - meaning an attack is imminent - but downgraded it Sunday to "severe" - meaning an attack is highly likely.

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