Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

ISIS claims responsibility for London Underground bombing attack

ISIS claims responsibility for London Underground bombing attack

The arrest of the 18-year-old is coming hours after United Kingdom authorities increased the terror threat to "critical"- its highest level after the London Underground blast that injured more than two dozen people.

"Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, has declared it a terrorist incident", the police said.

Britain's terror threat level remains at critical - the highest level - meaning authorities believe another attack is imminent.

Of those injured, 19 victims were taken to hospital by ambulance, while 11 presented themselves for treatment.

The suspect was taken into custody at a local police station and will later be transferred under guard to another station in south London.

"Communities across the United Kingdom can expect to see more officers, both armed and unarmed, on patrol by foot and in vehicles over the weekend". It did not provide any further details on the man's identity or potential connection to the attack.

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S7 trains such as the one involved in Friday's incident have video cameras installed inside all seven carriages and there are more than 12,000 cameras across London Underground's stations and trains.

Passengers pass a police officer at the entrance to Parsons Green station. The other was a bombing in May at a pop concert by U.S. star Ariana Grande in Manchester which killed 22 people, including several children.

It came after Scotland Yard and the Prime Minister rebuked the United States president over his claim the Parsons Green Tube bomber was "in the sights" of detectives. In May, a suicide bomber attacked concert goers in Manchester.

Police said that there were no serious and life-threatening injuries, which are mainly flash burns.

Reports said that the police have found CCTV images that captured the perpetrator as he boarded the train with the bomb packed in a white plastic bucket inside a Lidl supermarket bag.

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