Tube train bomb shakes Lon­don

FIFTH TER­ROR AT­TACK IN SIX MONTHS Im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice det­o­nated, causes ‘wall of fire’ dur­ing morn­ing rush hour.

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Lon­don

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

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 told AFP, de­scrib­ing it also as “a wall of fire”.

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

The Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said none of the vic­tims “are thought to be in a se­ri­ous or life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion”.

The MI5 in­tel­li­gence ser­vice is as­sist­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said her thoughts were with the in­jured and emer­gency ser­vices had re­sponded “swiftly and bravely”. She will be chair­ing an emer­gency cab­i­net meet­ing later in the day. 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 welloff com­muters and filled with chic cafes.

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 peo­ple un­able to get home.

The in­ci­dent is the fifth ter­ror at­tack in six months in Bri­tain since March, when a lone at­tacker mowed down pedes­tri­ans and stabbed a po­lice of­fi­cer out­side the Bri­tish par­lia­ment. – AFP

Fire­ball flew down car­riage and we just jumped out

Pic­ture:Getty Images

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.

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