LONDON — British police made an apparent breakthrough Saturday in a race-against-time subway bombing investigation with what they called a “significant arrest” as the country remained on a “critical” alert, meaning that another attack is considered imminent.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover — the main ferry link to France — and then began a widespread armed search in the southwestern London suburb of Sunbury in which they evacuated residents, established a cordon and imposed a no-fly zone over the property being searched.
Police would not say whether they had found the man believed to have planted the bomb that partially exploded on a crowded London subway train Friday morning, but Home Secretary Amber Rudd and others said the arrest was of major importance.
“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the top counterterrorism official at the Metropolitan Police in London, said in a statement.
“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” the statement said. The man in custody wasn’t identified by police.
The man is being held under the Terrorism Act and has been taken to London for questioning. His identity is a closely guarded secret, and police have implored the media not to speculate while the inquiry unfolds. Authorities would not say whether they believed the man was trying to flee to France on a Dover ferry.
The Metropolitan Police said a major hunt was still underway Saturday for any other suspects connected to the subway bombing. Police in Kent warned…
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