- An improvised explosive went off about 8.20 a.m. on a District Line train.
- Twenty-nine were reported injured in connection to the blast and a resulting stampede at Parsons Green station.
- Photographs showed a burning bucket in a shopping bag with protruding wires.
- The area around the station is in lockdown.
- US President Donald Trump condemned a “loser terrorist” for the attack.
- The police are yet to identify any suspects or make any arrests.
LONDON — Police are searching for suspects after an improvised explosive device on a London Underground train injured 29 people in what authorities described as a terrorist attack.
“Hundreds” of officers from London’s Metropolitan Police have been deployed in the hunt for the perpetrators of the attack on Parsons Green station London on Friday morning, a senior officer said.
The bomb went off about 8.20 a.m. on a District Line train which was carrying rush-hour commuters through suburban west London to the centre of the city.
Metropolitan Police detectives are scouring CCTV footage, interviewing witnesses and examining forensic evidence in the hope of identifying those responsible, according to a statement by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.
Officers have yet to name any suspects or make any arrests.
Images on social media showed what appeared to be the device in the immediate aftermath of the attack — a burning white bucket inside a shopping bag, with wires sticking out of the back.
A statement from England’s National Health Service said 29 people had been injured and were being treated in hospital. The police said most of the injuries were burns.
Witnesses described a “fireball” emanating from the device, prompting a rush of people leaving the train and the platform. Some spoke of a “stampede” through the station following the initial blast.
Ola Fayankinnu, who was on the train, told the Reuters news agency: “I was on second carriage from the back. I just heard a kind of whoosh. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me.”
Another, Peter Crowley, posted images appearing to show burns he had sustained from what he described as a “fireball” caused by the device.
A woman, Kathrine Mason, said she narrowly avoided injury after being saved from a stampede on a staircase inside the station.
Police forensics experts are examining the device. Several media outlets citing British security sources — including Sky News, CNN, and the BBC — reported that the explosive was on a timer, raising the prospect that any attackers left the train before the device went off.
Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police’s assistant commissioner, gave a statement to reports outside the force’s headquarters at New Scotland Yard.
He said: “There are many urgent inquiries ongoing with hundreds of detectives involved, looking at CCTV, forensic work and speaking to witnesses.”
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, condemned the attack and said the city would “never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.” Prime Minister Theresa May said her “thoughts are with those injured.”
US President Donald Trump also tweeted about the incident, saying it was carried out by “a loser terrorist.”
As of 1 p.m., the Parsons Green branch of the District Line Transport for London remained on lockdown. Other parts of the network were running with delays.
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Awaiting verificiation and confirmation but suspicion is it may not have gone as planned #ParsonsGreen bag… wires… explosion.. pic.twitter.com/TKXDp3qriP
— Rupert Evelyn (@rupertevelyn) September 15, 2017
To the man that pulled me out of the pile of people on the stairs during the stampede at Parsons Green – thank you. Thank you so much.
— Katherine Manson (@KatherineManson) September 15, 2017
.@metpoliceuk have confirmed that the explosion on a train at Parsons Green Station is being treated as terrorism. https://t.co/dKZCcjEZjT pic.twitter.com/fFzOf6wNXu
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) September 15, 2017
Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
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