Police raid Syrian refugee’s home in connection to London attack

By Jacob Bojesson

Police raided the home of a Syrian refugee Sunday in connection to Friday’s bombing on a London subway train that injured dozens.

Two men, aged 18 and 21, were arrested Saturday for alleged involvement in the attack. The 18-year-old man has been identified as an Iraqi refugee who arrived in the U.K. three years ago, the Evening Standard reported. The suspect lived at the home of Ron and Penelope Jones, who also served as foster parents for the Syrian refugee.

Yahyah Farroukh moved to the U.K. from Damascus and is believed to be in his early 20s, The Telegraph reports. Police have not revealed what any of the detained individuals are suspected of.

Counter-terror police raided the foster parents’ home Saturday in Sunbury-on-Thames. The couple was honored by Queen Elizabeth in 2009 after taking hundreds of refugees over the years.

“We do it because we find it rewarding,” Penelope Jones said after receiving recognition from the royal family, according to BBC. “Helping other people is rewarding, and I treat them how I would like to be treated if I was in that situation.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told The Telegraph that three addresses are being searched as the authorities look for clues.

“Two searches are continuing at addresses in Surrey and a further search is taking place in Hounslow in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Parsons Green incident,” the spokesman said.

The terror threat level was downgraded from critical to severe following the arrests. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Friday night through several channels linked to the terror group. ISIS claims it was carried out by an affiliated unit.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the second arrest is an indication that it wasn’t a so-called “lone-wolf” attack, but there is currently no evidence that ISIS was involved.

“It is inevitable that so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, will reach in and try to claim responsibility,” Rudd told BBC Sunday. “We have no evidence to suggest that yet.”

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