Im­pro­vised bomb in­jures at least 29 on London sub­way train

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A homemade bomb ex­ploded on a packed London sub­way train dur­ing rush hour yes­ter­day, leav­ing 29 peo­ple in­jured, po­lice and health of­fi­cials said. None of the in­jured is thought to be se­ri­ously hurt.

Po­lice say the ex­plo­sion was a ter­ror­ist at­tack, the fifth in Bri­tain this year. Bri­tain’s do­mes­tic spy agency is help­ing out in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice were alerted to an in­ci­dent at 8:20 am lo­cal time (0720GMT) af­ter com­muters re­ported a noise and a flash aboard the Dis­trict Line train at Par­sons Green sta­tion in the south­west of the city. Chaos then en­sued as hun­dreds of peo­ple rushed to get away from dan­ger.

“I ended up squashed on the stair­case, peo­ple were fall­ing over, peo­ple faint­ing, cry­ing, there were lit­tle kids cling­ing on to the back of me,” Ryan Bar­nett, 25, said of the “ab­so­lute chaos” as peo­ple tried to leave the sta­tion.

Mark Row­ley, head of coun­tert­er­ror­ism for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, said “we now as­sess this was a det­o­na­tion of an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice.”

He said 18 peo­ple had been in­jured, most with “flash burns.” Health of­fi­cials later said four others took them­selves to hos­pi­tal.

Row­ley said the do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, MI5, was as­sist­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, led by the po­lice counter-ter­ror­ism unit.

He gave no in­for­ma­tion about po­ten­tial sus­pects, say­ing “It’s very much a live in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” Foren­sic of­fi­cers combed the scene for clues and de­tec­tives ex­am­ined sur­veil­lance cam­era footage in an at­tempt to get a glimpse at who planted the bomb.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted that it was another at­tack “by a loser ter­ror­ist,” adding that “these are sick and de­mented peo­ple who were in the sights of Scot­land Yard.”

The London po­lice force de­clined to com­ment on Trump’s sug­ges­tion that it knew about the at­tacker.

Pho­tos taken in­side the train show a white plas­tic bucket in­side a foil-lined shop­ping bag. Flames and what ap­pear to be wires emerge from the top.

London am­bu­lance ser­vice said they had sent mul­ti­ple crews to the Par­sons Green sta­tion and 18 peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized, though none had life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

“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.”

He said many of those on board were school­child­ren, who were knocked around as the crowd surged away from the fire­ball.

Another com­muter, Richard Aylmer-Hall, said he saw sev­eral peo­ple in­jured, ap­par­ently tram­pled as they fled what he de­scribed as a packed train.

At ca­pac­ity, the train could hold more than 800 peo­ple.

“I saw cry­ing women, there was lots of shout­ing and scream­ing, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs go­ing down to the streets,” Aylmer-Hall, said.

Ae­rial footage later showed com­muters from other sub­way trains be­ing evac­u­ated along the el­e­vated track.

Trans­port for London said sub­way ser­vices were sus­pended along the line.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city “ut­terly con­demns the hideous in­di­vid­u­als who at­tempt to use ter­ror to harm us and de­stroy our way of life.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.