Man­hunt on af­ter home­made bomb wounds 22 on Lon­don sub­way

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Lon­don: Hun­dreds of Lon­don Po­lice em­barked on a mas­sive man­hunt on Fri­day, rac­ing to find out who placed a home­made bomb on a packed Lon­don sub­way train dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour. The ex­plo­sion wounded 22 peo­ple and ig­nited a pan­icked stam­pede to safety. Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing a “wall of fire” as the bomb — hid­den in a plas­tic bucket in­side a su­per­mar­ket freezer bag — went off about 8:20am while the train was at the Par­sons Green sta­tion in south­west Lon­don.

It was not a large ex­plo­sion, and Bri­tish Po­lice and health of­fi­cials said none of the in­jured was thought to be se­ri­ously hurt. Yet Po­lice said it was a ter­ror­ist at­tack, the fifth in Bri­tain this year.

Six hours later, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice force said there had been no ar­rests, but hun­dreds of de­tec­tives, aided by in­tel­li­gence agents, were look­ing at sur­veil­lance cam­era footage in the sub­way, car­ry­ing out foren­sic work and speak­ing to wit­nesses.

The site of the blast is in a leafy, af­flu­ent part of the city, not near any of Lon­don’s top tourist sites. Bri­tish me­dia re­ported that the bomb in­cluded a timer.

It’s not clear whether the de­vice was in- tended to ex­plode when it did. Po­lice were alerted when com­muters re­ported a noise and a flash aboard the District Line train. Com­muter Lau­ren Hub­bard was on the train when she heard a loud bang.

“I looked around and this wall of fire was just com­ing towards us. You just run,” said Ms Hub­bard, who fled the above-ground sta­tion with her boyfriend. Oth­ers de­scribed “ab­so­lute chaos” as hun­dreds of peo­ple rushed to get away from the dan­ger.

UK Po­lice said it was a ter­ror­ist at­tack, the fifth in Bri­tain in 2017.

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