An explosion in one of London’s underground trains set off panic and confusion on Friday morning.
At approximately 8 a.m. local time, the explosion went off in a train leaving the Parsons Green station, resulting in several injuries and widespread interruption to London’s Underground schedule. After a rapid investigation into the source of the explosion, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police has now labeled the London Underground explosion at Parsons Green a “terrorist incident.”
The London Ambulance Service issued a memo confirming it has transported 18 people injured by the blast at Parsons Green to the hospital. According to the most recent information available, none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
The device allegedly responsible for the attack is being called a ‘bucket bomb’ by The Guardian. Witnesses report a blast going off in one of the carriages on the District Line as it left Parsons Green station. Passengers scrambled to exit the train, a crush which may have caused some of the subsequent injuries.
Video footage on YouTube purportedly taken in the aftermath of the explosion shows a white bucket containing a small fire within an open bag. This aligns with what several witnesses described after escaping the explosion.
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Police now say they suspect the blast came from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Mark Rowley, the assistant commissioner, stated that hundreds of detectives are now at work on the case. Speaking from Scotland Yard, Rowley did not say whether or not any arrests have yet been made.
Bomb experts have also indicated that the suspected IED did not “fully detonate.” The damage could have been far greater, had the so-called “bucket bomb” gone off to its intended effect.
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