Terrorist Attack in London
Emergency services are responding to a Terrorist Attack at Parsons Green tube station in London, following an explosion on a train Friday morning. Some 18 people are injured.
Flames engulfed one carriage and raced along a train on a west London route to Parsons Green, forcing passengers to trample others as they rushed for an exit, an eyewitness told Reuters.
“The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at Parsons Green tube station is declared a terrorist incident,” the Metropolitan Police said. “We urge the public to remain calm but alert & if you have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then contact police.”
Officers were called the station at around 8:20am local time on Friday “following reports of an incident on a tube train,” the Met Police said. Counter-terrorism police are also on the scene.
Commuters initially reported the explosion stemmed from a fire in a bucket, although the contents of the bucket are not known. Images and videos circulating on social media show what appears to be a burning bucket inside a shopping bag on the floor of the train.Passengers evacuated the train after the back carriages reportedly filled with smoke.
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“Thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said.
May will chair a Cabinet Office Briefing Room (Cobra) emergency meeting Friday afternoon, Downing Street said.
“Obviously, everybody should keep calm and go about their lives in a normal way, as normal as they possibly can,” Foreign Secretary and former London Mayor Boris Johnson told Sky News. “As far as I understand it, the British Transport Police and TfL are on it and they will be updating their websites as and when we have more information.”