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Has British government decided not to tag terror with religion?

Yahyah Farroukh Yahyah Farroukh
Christy Curtis | 21 September, 2017, 00:42

A third man has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack that left 30 people injured.

Earlier, an 18-year-old man had been arrested by Kent police in the port area of Dover on the English Channel.

The property being searched by counter-terrorism police investigating the London subway bombing belongs to an elderly couple who have for years taken in foster children.

The fact that a second person - a 21-year-old man - was arrested under the Terrorism Act offered the clearest proof yet that police and security services believe the subway bombing was not just the work of one person. Neither has been charged.

Moreover, even after ISIS claimed responsibility for each of the recent attacks barring one, the government has been vehement in explaining that these were carried out by "lone-wolf" attackers who may have been "self-radicalized" by watching ISIS propaganda, so as not to blame and demonize the entire Muslim community.

Farroukh's Facebook page says that he is from the Syrian capital, Damascus, which has been wracked by fighting for more than six years in the protracted civil war.

Both men had spent time in the same care of foster parents, Penelope and Ronald Jones, who have fostered nearly 300 children.

The Mercury News reports that officials lowered the threat level Sunday to "severe" after raising it to its highest level, "critical", immediately following the attack.

The leader of the local authority was quoted as saying the 18-year-old was an Iraqi who had come to Britain as an orphan.

Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show, Ms Rudd said there was "no evidence" to suggest the so-called Islamic State was behind this latest attack.

The blast inflicted flash burns on passengers when it went off at Parsons Green, a quiet and well-off residential district.

The Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested Farroukh on Saturday night and he continues to remain in police custody.

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. Officials say the injuries would have been far worse if it had fully detonated.

Police continued searching a home in Sunbury, another southwestern London suburb where neighbors were evacuated on Saturday.

"The military support we have had in place under Operation Temperer will start to phase out as we move through the coming week", he said. The two suspects were not identified.

In addition, a suicide bomber struck a packed concert hall in Manchester in northern England, killing 22 people.

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