'Improvised explosive device' used in London train attack

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

Friday morning in London, as commuters filled the city's subway system, an explosive detonated on a train at the Parsons Green station in Southwest London, sending at least 22 people to the hospital, the BBC reported.

They confirmed a number of injuries after arriving at the scene, with news reports saying some people have suffered burns to their faces.

The incident took place around 8.20 am local time (12.50 pm Indian Standard Time) when a white container is believed to have exploded.

British police said a bomb was used during an explosion at a London metro station which injured 18 people.

Witnesses described seeing passengers with burns to their faces and bodies coming off the crowded train, and seeing a fire or hearing an explosion.

"By working together, we can defeat them", she said, voicing her determination to fight terrorism.

The London Ambulance Service said none of the victims "are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition".

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"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police are in attendance along with the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service", the London's police said in a statement.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, said the city "utterly condemns the disgusting individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life".

She later chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting. The terror threat level is "severe", meaning an attack is likely.

Imperial College professor of chemical engineering Hans Michels said the flash flame "suggests that the explosion was only partly successful". He said a "manhunt was underway" following the explosion.

Donald Trump's been tweeting about the attack, calling those who planted the device "sick and demented". "Must be proactive!" he said on Twitter.

He added, loser terrorists should be dealt with in a tougher manner, including cutting off internet access to those who use it as a recruitment tool.

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