Critical alert as hunt on for Tube bomber
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.