Friday, 15 September 2017

Parsons Green: London Underground blast is terror incident, Scotland Yard says


An "improvised explosive device" was detonated on a Tube train in south-west London during Friday's rush hour, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

 
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives, working with MI5, are investigating the blast at 08:20 BST at Parsons Green station.


A traumatised and injured passenger on the ill-fated Parsons Green train is taken away by paramedics and firefighters

The majority of the victims have suffered 'flash burns' caused by the ignition - but it appears that the bomb did not properly detonate

As Facebook and Twitter was swamped with claims the incident was terror attack, emergency services raced to the scene


Twenty-two people are being treated in hospital, mostly for burn injuries.


The blast, on an eastbound District Line train from Wimbledon, is being treated as terrorism, police said.


The Metropolitan Police said it was too early to confirm the cause of the fire and the station, which is above ground, has been cordoned off.
Pictures show a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, with wires trailing on to the carriage floor.


"At Parsons Green Tube station there was an explosion on a Tube train," Mr Rowley said.


"This was a detonation of an improvised explosive device. The scene currently remains cordoned off and the investigation continues...


"Londoners can expect to see an enhanced police presence, particularly across the transport system across the day."


He asked the public to remain "vigilant" and said they should "not be alarmed".


Mr Rowley said anyone who took pictures or videos at the scene can upload them to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.




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