22 INJURED IN LONDON TRAIN BLAST
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.