Parsons Green terror attack: Theresa May to hold Cobra meeting

16 September, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • The Parsons Green explosion and the Lidl bag

Members of the emergency services work outside Parsons Green underground tube station in west London.

As many as 18 passengers were injured after a bucket exploded and caused what witnesses described as a "fireball" at 08:20 at the District Line station in south-west London. 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 officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and the British Transport Police are in attendance along with the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service".

People stand in the street by a Police vehicle close to Parsons Green underground tube station.

The Met Police said it was "aware of reports on social media" about Parsons Green, adding: "We will release facts when we can - our info must be accurate".

Photos from inside the station show a white bucket inside a shopping bag with flames and what seemed to be wires coming out.

Others have spoken of "panic" as alarmed passengers left the train at Parsons Green station, reports the BBC.

London police are being supported by Britain's MI5 intelligence service, he said.

The Parsons Green explosion
TWITTER EXPLOSION Met Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack

"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.

The terror threat level was elevated from severe to critical, meaning that another terror attack might be imminent.

At least 22 people were injured in the explosion Friday morning, according to NBC News.

Heavily armed police were seen rushing to the site in west London after the blast occurred on the train.

Donald Trump's been tweeting about the attack, calling those who planted the device "sick and demented".

London has been struck repeatedly by extremist attacks this year, and the risk of new attack is considered high.

The US President's also suggested they were "in the sights of Scotland Yard".

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