Parsons Green terror attack: 18-year-old Ahmed Hassan charged

Cressida Dick Parsons Green tube attack in London

The bomb planted on a London Underground train last week was packed with a deadly mixture of shrapnel and high explosives, which could have proved far deadlier than it did, Britain's top police officer has said.

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

Causing an explosion with triacetone triperoxide (TATP) or another other explosive substance likely to endanger life and cause serious injury to property, contrary to section 2 Explosive Substances Act 1883. He was arrested in the port town of Dover on Saturday.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command, says a "significant amount of activity" has taken place since a homemade bomb partially detonated during the morning rush hour Friday, injuring 30 people.

Hassan is due in court later Friday.

The attack sparked a huge hunt for the perpetrators and prompted officials to briefly raise the national terrorism threat to the highest level, "critical".

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities have found no evidence that ISIS was involved. "So, it could have been so much worse", Dick told LBC, a London-based talk radio station.

The 21-year-old man who was released is believed to be Yahyah Farroukh from Syria.

Six men were arrested in connection with the bombing.

Three other men remain in custody over the attack but haven't been charged. The Syrian refugee's employer says the man's mother suffered a heart attack after hearing of her son's arrest.

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