Yesterday’s bucket bomb attack on the London subway has prompted British authorities to update their nation’s terror warning system to its highest level: Critical.
Friday morning’s rush hour commute was rocked by a blast just after 8am local time, when a device planted on a commuter train partially exploded, injuring nearly two dozen Britons. Thankfully, authorities believe that the device, which was set to a timer uncharacteristic of previous suicide bomber attacks, experienced some technical difficulties which thankfully lessened the effectiveness of the device.
The explosion set off one of the largest manhunts in the history of European terror, with law enforcement officials making an arrest on Saturday. In the wake of the renewed threat, however, Britain’s terror warning system was raised to “critical” – the most dire assessment possible.
“Armed police patrolled the streets of London near government departments in Westminster and were expected to guard Premier League soccer grounds hosting matches on Saturday, including the national stadium at Wembley.
“Cressida Dick, Britain’s top police officer, sought to reassure the public and tourists as she joined colleagues patrolling the entertainment and cultural district on the south bank of the Thames.
“‘Yesterday we saw a cowardly and indiscriminate attack which could have resulted in many lives being lost,’ she said. ‘London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one.’
“Prime Minister May said the public should not be alarmed by armed officers on the streets, a rare sight in Britain. ‘This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses,’ she said in a televised statement late on Friday.”
Europe has been inundated with radical Islamic terror in 2017, with at least 5 attacks occurring in England alone.
Of these recent events, the suicide bombing of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande was the most dastardly, with the perpetrator targeting the young, female demographic while they exited the Manchester Arena. The ultra-restrictive religious beliefs of the caliphate organizations of Islam likely chose the Ariana Grande concert due to the style of dress and independence that these young women display in modern society; something that is far from the case in the female-oppressive radical Muslim faith.