Parsons Green terror attack: Man arrested in Wales

A search is under way at a property in Gwent after a third person was arrested in relation to the Parsons Green terror attack.

Sep 19, 2017

A search is under way at a property in Gwent after a third person was arrested in relation to the Parsons Green terror attack. The 25-year-old man was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS’s) Counter Terror Command supported by colleagues from Gwent Police and the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU). He was detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act at just after 7pm on Tuesday (September 19) in Newport. In a statement, the MPS said a search is currently taking place at the address. Two other men, an 18-year-old arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover and a 21-year-old arrested in Hounslow on Saturday (September 16), remain in police custody. Warrants for their further detention were granted by Westminster Magistrates` Court until September 23 and September 21 respectively. All three are being held in connection with an improvised explosive device that was left on a train and partially detonated at Parsons Green Tube station in London on Friday. Thirty people were injured when a timer is thought to have detonated and caused a wall of flames. It is now understood the bomb was left by the attacker at the previous stop, Putney Bridge station, just 90 seconds before the explosion. The MPS said officers continue to search two houses in Surrey and a commercial property in Hounslow and warned residents they are expected to take “some days”. Commander Dean Haydon, head of the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. We now have three men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses. Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack. “We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption. However, it is important that we continue with these searches and I`d like to thank all those affected for their support, patience and cooperation.” He added: “As police and our partners do all we can to confront the threat, public vigilance remains as vital as ever.”

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