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London tube attack: British police charge 18-year-old Iraqi national with attempt to murder

London: British police said Friday they had charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder following last week's bombing of a London underground train, which injured 30 people.

Ahmed Hassan, who was arrested the morning after the attack on 15 September, was also charged with use of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a statement said.

The teenager, who is believed to be an Iraqi orphan, lived with British foster parents in the London suburb of Sunbury. The house was one of the several addresses searched by police after the attack.

File image of police provide security at Paddington mainline train station in London, after a terrorist incident was declared at nearby Parsons Green subway station on 15 September. AP

File image of police provide security after a terrorist incident was declared at nearby Parsons Green subway station on 15 September. AP

Earlier on Friday, London police chief Cressida Dick said the bomb set off on a packed rush-hour tube train was "very, very dangerous" and had been packed with shrapnel.

The explosion at Parsons Green station in south-west London was Britain's fifth terror attack in six months and was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Hassan was arrested in the southern English port of Dover shortly before 08:00 am the following day.

"Thank goodness nobody was killed at Parsons Green. It must have been absolutely horrific for the people in the train. As you know, many people suffered injuries," Dick told LBC radio.

"That was a very, very dangerous bomb. It partially detonated. It had a large quantity of explosive and it was packed with shrapnel."

Three other men, aged 17, 25, 30, remain in custody in connection with the attack. Two men aged 21 and 48 were released with no further action on Thursday.


Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 20:16 PM

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