Update: 20 people injured and Parson’s Green incident is now being treated as terror attack
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.
— Peter Crowley (@cupid5tunt) September 15, 2017
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.
— Alex Littlefield (@A_Littlefield) September 15, 2017
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.
Police were called at approx. 8:20am to #ParsonsGreen following reports of an incident on a tube train
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 15, 2017
Here’s a video via Twitter:
— Sylvain Pennec (@sylvainpennec) September 15, 2017
— Henry (@HenryStreeten) September 15, 2017
— menza (@menzhas) September 15, 2017
— Emma (@EmmaStevie1) September 15, 2017
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.