Home-made bomb in­jures 22 in Lon­don train

Weekly Trust - - Foreign News -

A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour com­muter train in Lon­don en­gulfed a car­riage in flames and in­jured 22 peo­ple on Fri­day in Bri­tain’s fifth ma­jor ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent this year, but ap­par­ently failed to fully ex­plode.

Po­lice said a hunt in­volv­ing hun­dreds of de­tec­tives backed by the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices was un­der­way to find out who was re­spon­si­ble. Row­ley de­clined to say if the sus­pected bomber had been on the train, say­ing it was a live in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Bri­tain’s threat level re­mained on its sec­ond-high­est rank of se­vere fol­low­ing the “cow­ardly at­tack” in­tended to cause sig­nif­i­cant harm, said Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May. But she added the threat level would be kept un­der re­view.

Pic­tures taken at the scene showed a slightly-charred white bucket with a su­per­mar­ket freezer bag on the floor of one train car­riage. The bucket, still in­tact, was in flames and there ap­peared to be wires com­ing out of the top.

“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 to­ward me,” Ola Fayank­innu, who was on the train, told Reuters. The Span­ish govern­ment has given the re­gional govern­ment in Cat­alo­nia 48 hours to aban­don “il­le­gal” ref­er­en­dum plans or lose bud­getary pow­ers.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Cristóbal Mon­toro said a mech­a­nism had been ap­proved for the state to take con­trol of the au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s fi­nances.

Madrid is seek­ing to stop the Cata­lan govern­ment spend­ing public money on its planned in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

The Cata­lans are de­fy­ing a court or­der to sus­pend the 1 Oc­to­ber vote.

Cata­lan Pres­i­dent Car­les Puigde­mont launched his cam­paign for a “Yes” vote on Thurs­day night in the town of Tar­rag­ona, telling a rally at a for­mer bull­ring: “Vote, and in so do­ing bring light to dark­ness that lasted for too many years.”

The crowd shouted back, “In­de­pen­dence”, “We will vote” and “We’re not afraid”, AFP news agency re­ports.

Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy was tak­ing the union­ist cause di­rectly to Barcelona on Fri­day, ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of his Pop­u­lar Party in the Cata­lan cap­i­tal.

If the dead­line is not met, the cen­tral govern­ment will take over the fund­ing of most es­sen­tial public ser­vices in the re­gion, Mr Mon­toro said.

“These mea­sures are to guar­an­tee that not one euro will go to­ward fi­nanc­ing il­le­gal acts,” he was quoted as say­ing by Reuters news agency af­ter a cabi­net meet­ing in Madrid.

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