22 IN­JURED IN LON­DON TRAIN BLAST

Business Standard - - FRONT PAGE - KEVIN COOMBS & YANN TESSIER REUTERS

A home-made bomb on a packed rush­hour com­muter train in Lon­don en­gulfed a car­riage in flames and in­jured 22 peo­ple on Fri­day, in what po­lice said was Bri­tain’s fifth ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent this year but ap­par­ently failed to fully ex­plode. Pas­sen­gers on board a train head­ing to the cap­i­tal fled in panic as the fire erupted at Par­sons Green un­der­ground sta­tion in West Lon­don.

A home-made bomb ex­ploded on a packed rush-hour com­muter train in Lon­don in­jur­ing 22 peo­ple on Fri­day, po­lice said, in what was be­ing treated as the fifth ter­ror­ism at­tack in Bri­tain this year.

Pas­sen­gers on board a train head­ing into the cap­i­tal fled as fire en­gulfed a car­riage at Par­sons Green un­der­ground sta­tion in West Lon­don af­ter the ex­plo­sion at 8.20 am (07:20 GMT).

Some suf­fered burns while oth­ers were in­jured in a stam­pede to es­cape. The Na­tional Health Ser­vice said 22 peo­ple had been taken to Lon­don hos­pi­tals. None were thought to be in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion, the am­bu­lance ser­vice said.

“We now as­sess that this was a det­o­na­tion of an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice,” Bri­tain’s top counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cer Mark Row­ley told re­porters. He said most of the in­juries were thought to be flash burns. Row­ley de­clined to an­swer whether the au­thor­i­ties knew who was re­spon­si­ble or if the sus­pected bomber had been on the train. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May re­turned to Lon­don to chair a meet­ing of Bri­tain’s emer­gency re­sponse com­mit­tee later on Fri­day. “My thoughts are with those in­jured at Par­sons Green and the emer­gency ser­vices who, once again, are re­spond­ing swiftly and bravely to a sus­pected ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent,” May said.

“I was on sec­ond car­riage from the back. I just heard a kind of whoosh. I looked up and saw the whole car­riage en­gulfed in flames mak­ing its way to­wards me,” Ola Fayank­innu, who was on the train, told Reuters.

Out­side the sta­tion, a woman was sit­ting on a pave­ment with a ban­dage around her leg, while armed po­lice pa­trolled.

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