Terror threat level drops as London investigations continue

Terror threat level drops as London investigations continue

A second man has been arrested in connection with the attack, according to police in London.

Acquaintance Tabitha Jenkins said the 18-year-old suspect was "a lovely young man". Both are being questioned in a south London police station.

Officials stopped Farroukh outside a fried chicken restaurant in the Hounslow area of west London on Saturday night.

Both men remain in custody under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to detain suspects without charge beyond the four days allowed for suspects connected to other crimes.

The level of "critical", the highest of the five levels used to describe the threat, means a further terrorist attack may be imminent.

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Counter-terrorism officers have arrested two men after a crude homemade bomb sent flames shooting through a packed carriage at west London's Parsons Green underground station during the Friday morning rush hour, injuring 30 people although it apparently failed to detonate fully.

Police searched three addresses, including the house in suburban Sunbury, outside London, of Penelope and Ronald Jones.

The Jones couple were previously honored by Queen Elizabeth II for serving as foster parents for hundreds of children, including refugees from the Middle East.

"Photos posted on social media show a white plastic bucket with flames coming out of the top - along with wires", NPR's Frank Langfitt reported for our Newscast Unit.

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This as authorities search a foster home with ties to the suspects.

Following the attack, Amaq, the news agency of the Islamic State militant group, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Interior minister Amber Rudd said the two arrests suggested it was not a "lone-wolf" attack but there was no evidence IS was involved.

Previous attacks in London this year at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park as well as a blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed dozens of people and injured more than 150.

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