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Third arrest over July 21 bombs


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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A third man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into Thursday's attempted bombings of the London transit system, Scotland Yard said Sunday.

The man was arrested Saturday night in Tulse Hill, south London -- three kilometers (two miles) south of Stockwell, where two other men were arrested Friday, Scotland Yard said.

All three are being held in connection with the investigation into the July 21 incident. The attempted attacks -- in which four explosive devices partially detonated -- were two weeks to the day after a series of four bombings on the transit system killed 52 people plus the four bombers.

No one is currently being held in connection with the July 7 bombings. In a written statement, Scotland Yard said the man was arrested Saturday "on suspicion of the commission, instigation or preparation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.

He has now been taken to a central London police station for further questioning." Police also issued warrants to keep the two other men in custody until Wednesday, the statement said.

Meanwhile, London's top police official says he regrets the death of a Brazilian national shot and killed by armed officers in a subway station but defends the policy of shooting to kill suspected suicide bombers.

"To the family, I can only offer our deepest regrets," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair said Sunday.

"I think we are quite comfortable that the policy is right, but of course these are fantastically difficult times," Blair told Sky Television.

"It's still happening out there, there are still officers having to make those calls as we speak, he said, adding: "Somebody else could be shot."

Police said on Saturday said Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, "was not connected" with Thursday's attempted bombings.

Hours after the shooting, Blair said the shooting was "directly linked to the ongoing and expanding anti-terrorist operation."

A cousin of Menezes, Alex Alves Pereira, said his family was upset and angry over the death, and he challenged police statements that he failed to obey orders, and jumped a ticket barrier at the Stockwell Underground station in south London.

Menezes, who had lived in Britain about four years, had a multiple-day pass, and had no reason to jump the barrier, Pereira said. He added that no amount of apologizing by police would bring his cousin back.

"When you do something wrong, you can't have nothing to say -- to say sorry is not enough."

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim arrived in London Sunday for a scheduled United Nations conference

Amorim had asked to meet with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw or another high-level official to discuss the shooting.

Menezes emerged from a house in Tulse Hill Friday morning, which had been under surveillance as part of the investigation into the attempted bombings.

He reportedly was wearing a heavy coat. Officers followed him to the Underground station.

His "clothing and suspicious behavior at the station added to their suspicions," a police statement said.

Police said Menezes was challenged by officers and refused to obey orders, before he was shot and killed in front of horrified commuters.

Police have urged Londoners to help locate the four wanted men, whose images were captured Thursday on closed circuit television cameras near the bombing sites. The images were released by police Friday. (Full story)

Meanwhile, British police said Sunday a white water rafting center in north Wales has become a focus of one line of inquiry into the bombings and attempted bombings in London on July 7 and July 21, according to media reports. (Full story)

British newspapers carried pictures of two of the July 7 bombers -- Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer -- on a trip to the center last month. Media outlets also suggest the center may provide a link between the two attacks.

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