Explosive device in a bag on the tube at Parsons Green
A terror attack on a District Line tube at Parsons Green injured 22 people and caused passengers to flee the station in panic during the rush-hour this morning (September 15).
Armed police and the bomb squad were called to the scene after reports of an explosion from a bag towards the rear of the train at around 8.20am.
Eye witnesses said people on the busy train, which had set out from Wimbledon, suffered facial burns and other people were trampled on in the rush to get out of the station.
Police later confirmed they suspected the incident was terror-related and 22 people had been injured. They tweeted: "The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station is declared a terrorist incident".
Pictures have emerged of a white bucket containing wires within a Lidl supermarket bag. Police have said this device did not fully detonate, but it sent a fireball through the carriage when it did explode.
Merton Conservative Councillor Dan Holden (@DanHolden85) was on the train and he tweeted from the scene: "Horror on @districtline at #ParsonsGreen due to explosion/fire. People struggling to get out of station. Lots of shell shocked people and looks like quite a few injured."
He also took this picture (below) of the scene outside Parsons Green station immediately after the explosion.
Several ambulances and firefighters were soon at the incident, and witnesses reported people being treated for head and leg injuries.
Fulham Road was closed between Munster Road and North End Road. Parsons Green Lane was also closed northbound at New Kings Road.
The District Line from Wimbledon to Earls Court was immediately suspended, and the suspension was later extended to Edgware Road.
The police are
appealing for anyone with images from the scene to upload them to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has issued a statement. He said: As London has proved time and time again we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism".
September 15, 2017