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Terror in London: Passengers Injured as Device Detonates on Tube

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    Metropolitan police confirmed that the explosion on a Parsons Green underground train is being treated as a “terror-related incident” with several burn injuries being reported by the media.

    Several witnesses and the BBC have reported that passengers have suffered “facial burns” with a The Metro reporting on the scene telling the newspaper that he heard witness statements that “a white container exploded towards the rear of the train”. Images of a bucket with wires coming out of it on fire have been circulated on social media.

    The BBC is also reporting from the scene that people have suffered burns, with Sophie Raworth recounting that she saw a woman taken to ambulance with burns “from top to toe”. Several people were also allegedly trampled in a stampede after the incident.

    There have been no verified reports from media or authorities of the perpetrator.

    Live updates below…

    – 10:55 am BST: Former counter-terror chief: ‘100 per cent certain’ incident was Islamist jihadist. –

    Former counter terror chief Major General Chip Chapman told Sky News he believes that “you can almost certainly say this is in the Islamist Jihadist violence” stream of terror threats, as opposed to right wing extremism or Irish Republican dissidents.

    Noting that “It seems to me this bomb at the moment malfunctioned”, he drew parallels to the Boston “pressure-cooker device” used during the Boston Marathon terror attack.

    Maj. Gen. Chapman said that instructions on constructing pressure cooker bombs can be found in Islamic State’s Inspire magazine.

    Saying he was “Absolutely 100 per cent sure” in his estimate that it was Islamist jihadist in nature, he said: “You don’t have any examples of right wing extremists or Republican dissidents using these kinds of devices in confined areas.”

    – 10:40 am BST: Passenger describes “acrid smell”, bucket device in an insulated bag, children running in panic –

    A witness spoke to Sky News that an “acrid smell” passed through the train cars before mass panic and a stampede ensued leaving children travelling to school getting knocked over.

    The witness described the device as a white “builder’s bucket” in an insulated carrier bag with wires coming out of the side and flames out of the top.

    He described the smell as chemical, rather than burning.

    – 10:21 am BST: Met Police confirm – Incident being treated as a terrorist incident – 

    – 10:15 am BST: Sky Sources – Incident being treated as a terror incident – 

    Sky News sources are claiming the incident is now being treated as a terror incident.

    – 9:56 am BST: Sky News sources say counter-terrorism are on the scene – 

    Sky News reports that investigations are still being led by British Transport police but counter-terrorism police officers are on the scene.

    Scotland Yard and intelligence are also monitoring.

    – 9:35 am BST: Metropolitan Police confirm they are dealing with an incident at Parsons Green Station – 

    London Ambulance confirms that they were called to reports of an incident at 8:20 am on Friday morning, with multiple resources sent to the scene including ambulances, hazardous areas response teams, and medics. Armed police are also on the scene.

    A witness has tweeted images of a white bucket in a Lidl bag on fire, believed to be a device that may have caused the incident on the District line carriage.

    – 9:25 am BST: Media reporting severe burns injuries –

    The BBC is reporting from the scene that people have suffered burns, with Sophie Raworth recounting that she saw a woman taken to ambulance with burns “from top to toe”. 

    – 9:00 am BST: Metropolitan Police confirm they are dealing with an incident at Parsons Green Station – 

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said via Twitter: “We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green Tube station. Officers are in attendance. More info ASAP”.

    Richard Hall, who was on board the train, told Sky News that though he did not witness the incident, he noted a sudden mass screaming, shouting, and a crush of people who were running down the far end of Parsons Green platform. He said a woman who was also on the train told him a small bag went off in flames.

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