Lon­don bomb­ing probed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CONAL URQUHART in Lon­don conal@mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

Po­lice in Lon­don are try­ing to hunt down a pos­si­ble net­work of ter­ror­ists af­ter a bomb ex­ploded pre­ma­turely on a busy com­muter train on Fri­day morn­ing.

Twenty-two peo­ple were in­jured af­ter the de­vice ex­ploded on a Lon­don Un­der­ground train as it ar­rived at Par­son Green sta­tion in the south­west of the city.

Wit­nesses heard a bang and saw a wave of flame spread through the car­riage.

“There was out of the cor­ner of my eye a mas­sive flash of flames that went up the side of the train,” eye­wit­ness Chris Wild­ish told Sky News, then “an acrid chem­i­cal smell”.

Many pas­sen­gers were burned and oth­ers rushed off the train in panic, caus­ing more in­juries in the stam­pede. Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said none of the in­juries were se­ri­ous.

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Fri­day that the Bri­tish cap­i­tal “will never be in­tim­i­dated or de­feated by ter­ror­ism”.

He later par­tic­i­pated in a gov­ern­ment meet­ing in re­sponse to the bomb that was chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

The ex­plo­sion fol­lows two ve­hi­cle and knife at­tacks in Lon­don ear­lier this year which left 13 dead. The four per­pe­tra­tors, who ap­peared to be mo­ti­vated by ex­trem­ism, were also killed.

Since then, the UK au­thor­i­ties have main­tained their ter­ror­ism-threat level as se­vere, mean­ing an at­tack was likely.

Images on so­cial me­dia showed the de­vice, a white plas­tic bucket, with flames com­ing out of it. Wires pro­truded from the bucket which was car­ried in a plas­tic su­per­mar­ket bag. The sur­round­ing car­riage did not ap­pear to be dam­aged.

The ex­plo­sion took place at 8:20 am at the height of the Lon­don rush hour, so the car­riage would have been packed as it made its way from Wim­ble­don, on the south­ern­most end of the line, to cen­tral Lon­don. The at­tack took place on a sec­tion of the Dis­trict Line which runs over­land in the Ful­ham area.

Po­lice sources said they be­lieved the bomb only par­tially det­o­nated. The sus­pect who car­ried the bomb may also have been in­jured. Po­lice were an­a­lyz­ing CCTV footage from the train and the five sta­tions at which the sus­pect could have boarded it.

SKY VIA AP

A woman is helped by emer­gency per­son­nel af­ter a bomb ex­ploded on a sub­way train at Lon­don’s Par­sons Green sta­tion on Fri­day morn­ing. Over 20 peo­ple were treated for in­juries, mostly burns. The at­tack was be­ing treated as ter­ror­ism and po­lice were search­ing for the per­pe­tra­tors.

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