22 in­jured in Lon­don Un­der­ground at­tack

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At least 22 peo­ple were in­jured af­ter a bomb det­o­nated on a packed Lon­don Un­der­ground train dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour on Fri­day in what po­lice are treat­ing as a “ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent.”

Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing pas­sen­gers cov­ered in blood and with fa­cial burns and hair com­ing off at Par­sons Green sta­tion in west Lon­don af­ter the ex­plo­sion on the train.

“At 8:20 this morn­ing at Par­sons Green sta­tion there was an ex­plo­sion on a Tube

train. We now as­sess that this was a det­o­na­tion of an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice,” po­lice counter-ter­ror chief Mark Row­ley said.

Twit­ter user @Rrigs, who posted pic­tures of a white bucket smol­der­ing on the train, said: “Ex­plo­sion on Par­sons Green District Line train. just jumped out open door.”

The bucket looked like the type used by builders and there ap­peared to be ca­bles com­ing out of it. Ac­cord­ing to Sky News, in­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pect the de­vice did not fully det­o­nate.

The Na­tional Health Ser­vice said 18 peo­ple were taken by am­bu­lance to hos­pi­tal, while four oth­ers made their own way to hos­pi­tals.

Row­ley said most of the peo­ple taken to hos­pi­tal were be­ing treated ser­vice is as­sist­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said her thoughts were with the in­jured and will be chair­ing an emer­gency cab­i­net meet­ing later in the day.

‘Sick and de­mented’

Armed po­lice and snif­fer dogs could be seen on the train and around the sta­tion, which is set in a leafy sub­urb of south­west Lon­don pop­u­lar with well- off com

The sta­tion was closed, as well as an en­tire sec­tion of the District Line where it is lo­cated and po­lice urged peo­ple to stay away from the area.

Lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses ral­lied to­gether with busi­nesses of­fer­ing tea and the use of their toi­lets to lo­cal res­i­dents un­able to get home.

One lo­cal res­i­dent, Char­lie Craven, who was on his way to the sta­tion, said he heard a “mas­sive bang”.

thing I saw was an orange sort of movie,” he said.

in six months in Bri­tain since March, when a lone at­tacker mowed down pedes­tri­ans and stabbed a po­lice of

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan urged Lon­don­ers to re­main “calm and vig­i­lant.”

“As Lon­don has proven again and again, we will never be in­tim­i­dated or de­feated by ter­ror­ism,” he said in a state­ment.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the at­tack was car­ried out by a “loser ter­ror­ist.”

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