U.K. police arrest man in connection to explosive devices found in London apartment

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By Associated Press and Phil Helsel  with NBC News World News
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Police cordon off area in front of the unoccupied address in Harlesden, which was in the process of being refurbished on November 21, 2018.   -   Copyright  Sky News

LONDON — British counter terrorism police have arrested a 48-year-old man in connection to the discovery of two apparent explosive devices found in northwest London.

Police said the man was arrested Thursday morning in north London on suspicion of violating the Explosive Substances Act.

Police say detectives do not believe the suspect has links to any terrorist organizations and say there is no ongoing threat to public safety posed by the incident.

The two devices were found Wednesday in an unoccupied apartment in northwest London. The area was evacuated as a precaution.

Police said the "initial assessment" is that the items were improvised explosive devices.

The suspect has not been charged or identified.

The country's official terrorism threat level is at "severe," meaning intelligence analysts believe an attack is highly likely.

The United Kingdom has experienced several terror attacks in recent years, including the March of 2017 car-ramming and stabbing attack on Westminster Bridge and near Parliament in which killed five people, including police officer Keith Palmer.

In June of 2017, eight people were killed after three attackers drove a vehicle into pedestrians on the London Bridge and then embarked on a stabbing rampage at a nearby market. The three assailants were killed by police.