At least 22 in­jured in Lon­don un­der­ground bomb at­tack

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - International -

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.

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.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the at­tack was car­ried out by a “loser ter­ror­ist.” “These are sick and de­mented peo­ple who were in the sights of Scot­land Yard. Must be proac­tive!” he said on Twit­ter, with­out ex­plain­ing fur­ther.

Pas­sen­gers de­scribed chaotic scenes at the sta­tion in the nor­mally quiet part of west Lon­don.

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.

Bri­tish po­lice made 379 ar­rests for ter­ror­ism of­fenses in the 12 months to June, up 68 per­cent to an an­nual record that in­cluded dozens of ar­rests linked to the Lon­don Bridge, West­min­ster and Manch­ester Arena ter­ror­ist at­tacks, the Home Of­fice re­ported Thurs­day. About one-third of those ar­rested were charged, in­clud­ing 105 peo­ple who were ac­cused of ter­ror­ism, while 50 per­cent of sus­pects were re­leased with­out charge.

The Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice com­pleted 71 ter­ror­ism tri­als, up from 62 in the pre­vi­ous 12 months, it said. Fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion in May that killed 22 peo­ple and in­jured dozens at the end of a con­cert in Manch­ester Arena by US singer Ari­ana Grande, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said Bri­tain’s ter­ror­ist threat level would re­main at “se­vere” – the sec­ond-high­est level. The govern­ment has kept the “se­vere” level, mean­ing an at­tack is “highly likely,” for more than two years.

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