Home made bomb explodes on London train

Passengers heading into the British capital fled in panic after the blast as the train was about to depart Parsons Green underground station in West London
Police officers walk with dogs after an incident at Parsons Green underground station in London – Photo: Luke MacGregor/REUTERS
15/09/2017
13:16
London
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On Friday, a home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 22 people, being Britain’s fifth major terrorism incident this year. Fortunately, the bomb failed to fully explode.

Passengers heading into the British capital fled in panic after the blast as the train was about to depart Parsons Green underground station in West London at 8.20 a.m. (0720 GMT).

Some passengers suffered burns and others were injured in a stampede to escape but health officials said none were thought to be in a serious condition.

“We now assess that this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley told reporters.

Police said a hunt involving hundreds of detectives backed by the intelligence services was underway to find out who was responsible. Rowley declined to say if the suspected bomber had been on the train, saying it was a live investigation.

Britain’s threat level remained on its second-highest rank of severe following the “cowardly attack” intended to cause significant harm, said Prime Minister Theresa May. But she added the threat level would be kept under review.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, gave a statement on Parsons Green terrorist attack assuring Londoners will never allow terrorists to divide their communities.”

On Twitter, the Embassy of Mexico in the U.K. wrote in Spanish: “There is no information regarding deceased people and there are no records of injured Mexicans at the moment, ” informing that Mexico's Embassy and the Consulate have followed the Emergency Protocol to assist fellow nationals and has provided the following telephone numbers 020 79 07 9498 form the United Kingdom and 0044 20 7907 9498 from Mexico.

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