Police in London busted a second man in the Parsons Green attack that left 30 people wounded, cops said Sunday.
The 21-year-old suspect was arrested under the Terrorism Act in the western London suburb of Hounslow late Saturday, according to the city’s Metropolitan Police.
Another man, 18, is accused in the subway bombing that partially blasted a rush hour commute Friday. The bomb’s failure to fully detonate from a plastic bucket limited the number of victims. Those who were wounded were hurt in the blast and the ensuing stampede on the train.
Police initially suggested that the attack attempt was a coordinated plot and that more than one person was involved. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Friday bombing and said it was carried out by one of its affiliate units.
Emergency services tend to an injured woman following a blast on an underground train at Parsons Green.
(GUSTAVO VIEIRA via REUTERS)
The first suspect was arrested Saturday morning, apparently while trying to leave Dover, a port city with ferry access to France along the English Channel, according to Kent authorities. He has not been identified.
It’s unclear if either men crafted the homemade explosive or planted the device on the train.
The second suspect is being questioned at a south London police station and has not been charged.
Before the arrests, cops raided on a suburban home in Sunbury, about five miles from Heathrow Airport, and forced neighbors to evacuate for at least 10 hours.
The attack raised the city’s terror threat level to “critical” for the first time since the deadly suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May.
Passengers on board a London-bound British Airway flight were forced to evacuate at a Paris airport due to an unspecified threat amid the UK’s heightened threat level Sunday morning, according to witnesses and reports.
Passenger James Anderson, 20, said the pilot blamed technical problems at first before revealing from an isolated tarmac at the Charles de Gaulle airport that their aircraft was the target of a “direct security threat.”
The plane was delayed three hours as armed officers searched travelers and their luggage, repeatedly. The threat was later deteremined to be a false alarm.
With News Wire Services.