UK raises threat level after bomb
INJURIES: FIFTH TERROR ATTACK IN SIX MONTHS
Improvised explosive device detonated, causes ‘wall of fire’ during morning rush hour in London.
Britain raised its national threat level to maximum yesterday after a bomb detonated on a London Underground train, and Prime Minister Theresa May said troops would be deployed to key locations.
The terror threat has been increased from “severe” to “critical”, meaning another attack is expected imminently, after the explosion on a packed morning rushhour train left 29 people injured.
In a pre-recorded television statement, May said military personnel would replace police officers “on guard duties at certain protected sites which are not accessible to the public”.
She said: “The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection. This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses.”
The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months.
The terror threat level was raised to “critical” in May after the Manchester bombing, which was also claimed by IS.
Witnesses reported seeing a “wall of fire” and passengers 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.
Rowley said most of the injuries were due to “flash burns”, while others were wounded by the stampede as passengers ran out of the station in panic.
Twitter user @Rrigs, who posted pictures of a white bucket smouldering on the train, said: “Explosion on Parsons Green District Line train. Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door”. The bucket looked like the type used by builders and there appeared to be cables coming out of it. One local resident, Charlie Craven, who was on his way to the station, said he heard a “massive bang”.
“I saw an orange sort of fireball encompassing the whole Tube coming towards you,” he said, describing it also as “a wall of fire”.
The National Health Service said 18 people were taken by ambulance to hospital, while several others made their own way.
The London Ambulance Service said none of the victims “are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition”.
Local residents and businesses rallied together with businesses offering tea and the use of their toilets to people unable to get home. –
Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out
HARD WORK. Firefighters talk within the police cordon at Parsons Green Underground station yesterday in London. Several people have been injured after an explosion on a tube train in south-west London. The police are treating the incident as terrorism.