Terror in London: Explosion on Tube Train Leaves Several Injured

Update: 20 people injured and Parson’s Green incident is now being treated as terror attack 

Suspect is Syrian refugee

An explosion provoked by an IED (improvised explosive device) left several London tube commuters injured by a fireball flying down the carriage. There are no deaths reported, but several people caught fire and terrified passengers fled in panic creating a stampede as they were fearing for their lives. A massive police response followed the explosion which looks like a terrorist attack.

An undisclosed number of victims suffered severe facial-burn injuries and commuters were seen jumping out the train doors at London Underground’s Parsons Green station. According to witnesses, the improvised explosive device consisted of a plastic bucket stashed in a carrier bag. A wall of flames was described as spreading through the carrier following a loud bang, as commuters ran for their lives in panic.

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Even if the London police have not yet acknowledged the terrorist nature of the attack nor that it was a bomb, a picture taken at the scene shows the flaming plastic bucket featuring wiring protruding out of its top and on to the floor.

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Other reports describe a man with a knife at the Parsons Green station following the explosion, yet the Scotland Yard seems to believe the knife wielding man to be a separate incident, as in unrelated to the Tube explosion. According to a journalist arrived at the scene of the attack quoting a London Metro police officer, a second (unexploded) IED was found and has been defused by the bomb-squad.

Police, firefighters rushed at the scene within 5 minutes of the explosion, which took place at approximately 8.20 a.m. local time.

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Here’s a video via Twitter:

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As usual, Londoners were advised by officials to keep calm and carry on with their daily lives in a normal way, as metro bombings are now part and parcel of living in a modern and multicultural city such as London.

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