At least 22 injured in London underground bomb attack
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.