Crit­i­cal alert as hunt on for Tube bomber

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

BRI­TAIN is on crit­i­cal ter­ror alert with mil­i­tary troops set to bol­ster po­lice forces as po­lice hunt for the Parsons Green bomber.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has raised the threat level to the high­est pos­si­ble rat­ing, mean­ing an­other at­tack is ex­pected im­mi­nently.

A man­hunt is un­der way after the im­pro­vised explosive de­vice (IED) sent a fire­ball through a packed London Un­der­ground train car­riage in south-west London, dur­ing the Fri­day morn­ing rush hour.

It fol­lows the Is­lamic State ter­ror group claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing of a packed London Un­der­ground train.

The mil­i­tant group’s Amaq news agency has claimed it was be­hind the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the US-based Site In­tel­li­gence.

Rita Katz, the di­rec­tor of Site, said IS claimed the bomb­ing was the work of a “de­tach­ment” rather than sim­ply a “sol­dier”, which she said im­plied it was a co-or­di­nated at­tack.

Scot­land Yard yes­ter­day launched a huge counter-ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion along­side MI5, while the de­vice was be­ing foren­si­cally ex­am­ined.

De­tec­tives are scour­ing CCTV and ex­am­in­ing wit­ness state­ments for po­ten­tial leads.

Im­ages emerged on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day ap­pear­ing to show wires pro­trud­ing from a flam­ing bucket in­side a plas­tic car­rier bag on the floor of a car­riage.

As of 5.30pm yes­ter­day, NHS Eng­land said it was treat­ing 21 pa­tients, with eight oth­ers be­ing dis­charged earlier in the day.

Emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance were called to the scene at around 8.20am yes­ter­day after an im­pro­vised explosive de­vice det­o­nated in a car­riage.

The District Line train, bound for cen­tral London, had just stopped at Parsons Green sta­tion in the west of the city when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened.

Around two hours after the ex­plo­sion, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed they were treat­ing it as a ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told LBC ra­dio there was “a man­hunt un­der way”, while Scot­land Yard said de­tec­tives were mak­ing “fast­time” in­quiries to es­tab­lish who was re­spon­si­ble.

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May con­demned the “cow­ardly at­tack”, say­ing it in­volved a de­vice “clearly in­tended to cause sig­nif­i­cant harm”.

Mrs 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.”

Theresa May also raised con­cerns with Don­ald Trump over his claim the per­pe­tra­tors of the Parsons Green Tube bomb­ing had been “in the sights” of Scot­land Yard.

After chair­ing a meet­ing of the gov­ern­ment’s Co­bra emer­gen­cies com­mit­tee, the Prime Min­is­ter pub­licly re­buked the US Pres­i­dent, say­ing it was not “help­ful” to spec­u­late on what was an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Mrs May is un­der­stood to have raised the is­sue dur­ing a “cor­dial” tele­phone call.

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