UK on high­est alert af­ter Tube bomb

MAN­HUNT: Po­lice chas­ing down sus­pects of London Tube at­tack

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Twenty-nine peo­ple were in­jured when an im­pro­vised bomb ex­ploded on a Tube train in London yes­ter­day. The hunt for the per­pe­tra­tor of the ter­ror at­tack is un­der way.

Bri­tain is on the high­est ter­ror alert with the mil­i­tary set to bol­ster se­cu­rity as po­lice hunt the Par­sons Green bomb sus­pects.

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

A man­hunt is un­der way af­ter the im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice sent a fire­ball through a London Un­der­ground train car­riage in south west London dur­ing yes­ter­day’s morn­ing rush-hour.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley sug­gested there may have been more than one per­son in­volved, stat­ing that po­lice were “chas­ing down sus­pects”.

In a state­ment out­side Scot­land Yard, the UK’s most se­nior anti-ter­ror po­lice of­fi­cer said: “Some­body has planted an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Tube – we have to be open-minded at this stage about him and about po­ten­tial as­so­ciates.”

The Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack through its Amaq news agency, ac­cord­ing to the US-based Site In­tel­li­gence.

It is the sec­ond time this year that the threat as­sess­ment – made by the Joint-Ter­ror­ism Anal­y­sis Cen­tre – has been raised to the high­est level.

It was placed at crit­i­cal in May in the wake of the Manch­ester bomb­ing, be­fore be­ing low­ered back to se­vere four days later. Be­fore this year the most se­ri­ous cat­e­gory had only been reached on two other oc­ca­sions since it was first pub­licly dis­closed in Au­gust 2006.

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

Although it re­leased a for­mal com­mu­nique for the at­tacks, which in­jured 29 peo­ple, it pro­vided no de­tails on who the at­tacker or at­tack­ers were, Site said.

The ter­ror group has fre­quently de­clared it was be­hind ter­ror­ist in­ci­dents in re­cent years but ex­perts have warned their claims should be treated with cau­tion.

As Bri­tain faced up to another ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent, fol­low­ing four at­tacks al­ready this year, 29 pa­tients needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment, with a num­ber of those hurt suf­fer­ing from burns.

A po­lice of­fi­cer es­corts an in­jured woman from the scene at Par­sons Green Un­der­ground Sta­tion.

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