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Bombing suspects lived in a migrant ‘halfway house’

Sealed off: Newport street where arrest was made

THE two latest suspects arrested over the Parsons Green bombing lived in what was described as a ‘halfway house’ for asylum seekers.

The men, aged 30 and 48, were detained during a raid by counter- terrorism officers in Newport, South Wales, early yesterday. They are believed to have lived in a house in West Street, close to the city centre.

One local businessman, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It’s apparently a halfway house for the Home Office. The people that live there don’t come from around here. I don’t think they’ve been there for long.’

A third man, 25, was arrested at a separate address in Newport on Tuesday night, and two other suspects detained on Saturday remain in custody.

Searches are being carried out at four addresses, with Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, describing them as expected to take ‘some days to complete’.

A witness to Tuesday’s arrest described armed officers ‘jumping’ a man. Sully Ali, 19, said: ‘A big van pulled up and six officers got out and jumped this guy. There were two armed officers there, they didn’t have their guns pointed at him but they had them on show. The guy was smiling.’

Residents said the arrested man had lived in the area for many years and attended local mosques. ‘Everybody knew him,’ one man said. ‘He was a student here and worked as a painter and decorator.’

A local mother added: ‘He was a nice guy, he was very softly spoken. He used to condemn terrorism in front of my husband.’

Friday morning’s bomb attack on a London Underground train left 30 people injured.