British officials lower country's terrorist threat level from 'critical' to 'severe'

Pauline Gross
September 21, 2017

The first images of one of the suspects being held by United Kingdom police after the bomb blast on a London subway train on Friday have appeared in British media.

Yahyah Farroukh, 21, is listed as living at an address in Stanwell, Surrey, which was searched by officers on Sunday.

CCTV footage obtained by British media on Sunday appeared to show a man walking from a property which was later raided by police in Sunbury, a town west of London, carrying a bag similar to the one containing the device.

The two arrests indicate authorities believe the attack at the Parsons Green station was part of a coordinated plot, not the act of a single person.

Suleman Sarwar, co-owner of Aladdin's Fried Chicken in Hounslow, said Farroukh worked there and was arrested by police Saturday night at the end of his shift. He was taken to a south London police station for questioning but he has yet to be charged or identified.

People were evacuated from the area and kept away for approximately 10 hours before they were allowed to return to their houses. The elderly couple had been fostering refugees, including children from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Neighbors said the couple were staying with friends during the search.

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Members of Yahya's family confirmed to ABC News that the man in the video was Yahya but said they had not yet been contacted by authorities about his arrest.

The arrest yesterday in Hounslow, on the western rim of the capital, is the second made in two days after police took into custody an 18-year-old youth in the ferry departure lounge of a port.

"Penny was telling the police with guns where stuff would be placed in her house". "So the public will still see that high level of policing presence; some armed, some unarmed". Questioned by AFP, did not want to comment on information of british media according to which self-timer of bomb had not worked and device contained nails and TATP, an explosive popular with jihadists. Health officials said none of the injured were in serious condition.

Commuters returned to Parsons Green station Monday for the first morning rush hour since the bombing.

On Sunday, Britain's home secretary Amber Rudd said the recent development in the investigation suggested the attacker was not a "lone wolf". Farroukh was studying at a regional college in Britain and had traveled recently to the Middle East, the reports said.

Britain has endured four other attacks this year, which have killed a total of 36 people. Police said on Thursday that terrorism-related arrests had risen 68 percent over the past year. Thirty people were injured.

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