London underground blast: An explosion in a train at the busy Parsons Green station in London, 22 passengers were left injured on Friday. A report by AFP has indicated that many passengers have been badly burnt as there was a fireball that hurtled towards passengers and engulfed them. Not only did their faces got burned, many had their hair in flames. Twitter user @Rrigs, said: “Explosion on Parsons Green District Line train. Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out the open door.” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, has declared it a terrorist incident, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement, as per Reuters report. The bomb was placed in a white bucket in a train full of passengers and was attached to a timer, as per Sky News report. This is the fourth incident that took place this year. UK Prime Minister Theresa May took to Twitter to express her condolences and said,” My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident.” The UK PM also chaired an emergency meeting following the incident.
According to the Sky News report, an eye witness said that he saw remnants of flash/smoke, “hordes of people” and people “running down the platform” at Parsons Green station. As per Guardian report, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan confirmed that the manhunt is underway. As per report, the Met’s assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) was thought to be responsible for the blast. Scotland Yard said no one has yet been arrested. Police sources said the device only partially exploded. Initial examination by explosives experts led them to conclude it was “viable”, meaning the device was meant to explode in a more forceful way. The report added, a circuit board was recovered from the scene. Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, SO15, has taken the lead in the investigation, supported by MI5. The inquiry into the explosion was initially led by BTP.
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, SO15, has taken the lead in the investigation, supported by MI5. A massive search is under way for whoever planted the homemade device. Detectives are examining CCTV from the London Underground network to determine where the perpetrator entered and exited the tube system. Meanwhile, Donald Trump blamed the explosion on “loser terrorists” and called for a “proactive” response by security services.