Parsons Green Bombing: Police Granted More Time To Question Two Main Suspects

Parsons Green Bombing: Police Granted More Time To Question Two Main Suspects”

A 48-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were detained under the Terrorism Act in the early hours after a search at an address in Newport, south Wales.

Police have been given more time to question two men arrested by counter-terrorism officers investigating the Parsons Green bombing.

The development comes after the arrest of an 18-year-old man in the departure area of Dover ferry port on Saturday morning. Neither has been charged.

At 8.20 BST on Friday, a homemade bomb, which was transported in a Lidl supermarket bag, partially exploded in a Tube train at Parsons Green station, causing burns to a number of victims. However, the Metropolitan Police said it was "routine" for the group to claim it was behind attacks in which it has actually had little direct involvement.

A suicide bomber attacked a concert venue in Manchester in May, killing more than 20 people including children and mothers. Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday the two arrests suggested it was not a "lone-wolf" attack but there was no evidence IS was involved.

Officials say the forensic evidence raises new questions about the attack, such as whether the bucket bomb used in the attack was a type of explosive created to release deadly chemicals.

The threat level was last raised to the highest level following the Manchester concert bombing in May, which killed 22, and remained there for several days.

"At around 1.40pm with the assistance of Surrey Police, we evacuated a house on Sunbury-on-Thames". That includes 19 people who were taken from the explosion site at Parsons Green station to the hospital and 11 who came in for treatment later on their own.

They are reported to be staying with friends while the search continued Sunday in the suburban town of Sunbury southwest of London.

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".

The Home Secretary said police have made "good progress" with their investigation.

Earlier in the day, an 18-year-old man was arrested at the port of Dover.

Patrols by armed police were increased across the country following the Parsons Green tube attack on Friday.

Information on Farroukh emerged as the United Kingdom government reduced the official terror threat level from critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently, to severe, suggesting an attack is highly likely.

Local council leader Ian Harvey said the 18-year-old was an Iraqi orphan who moved to the United Kingdom when he was 15 after his parents died, the BBC reported.

Officers detained him at an address in Hounslow, west London on Saturday night.

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