Friday 20 October 2017

Parsons Green explosion: Everything we know so far

Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
Police officers walk on the road near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Armed British police officers stand on duty outside Parsons Green underground tube station in west London on September 15, 2017, following an incident on an underground tube carriage at the station.
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. Richard Aylmer-Hall/PA Wire
People speak with a police officer outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
A woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
An injured woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Members of the emergency services work near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
A Metro.co.uk reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train and passengers had suffered facial burns.
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Authorities in the UK are treating an early morning explosion at a London Underground station as a terror incident. Here is everything we know so far.

Explosion:

Police were alerted to an incident on board a train at Parsons Green station in West London. Photos emerged online of a bag that had apparently exploded. The image shows a white bucket wrapped in a Lidl bag.

One witness reported seeing a fireball travel through the carriage.

"There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off," an eye witness said.

A video also emerged showing a smoldering item in the carriage.

Scotland Yard has said there was an explosion on the train as a result of an IED device on board the tube.

Investigation:

The incident is now being treated as terror related and a swift emergency response took place after the incident. armed police, six ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter at the scene and up to 50 firefighters are also attending the incident. Scotland Yard has confirmed that the incident is being treated as a terrorist incident. Officers from MI5 are helping the met police carrying out the investigation.

Injuries:

18 people were taken to hospital after the Parsons Green explosion, London Ambulance Service said. Most are believed to have suffered flash burns and their condition is not thought to be life threatening. A further four people self-presented to hospitals.

Witnesses reported seeing victims being stretched away from the scene with apparent burns. Another noted that some had sustained facial injuries. Some people were also apparently injured in a stampeded following the incident.

Response:

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that her "thoughts are with those injured and the emergency services who once again are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident".

On Friday night she raised the threat level to critical, meaning another attack is expected immediately.

International reaction:

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that one Irish person suffered minor injuries in the attack.

"Anyone with concerns for loved one in London can contact my Department on 00353 (1) 4082527. On behalf of the Irish Government, I wish to express our solidarity with the people of London at this time.”

US President Donald Trump has declared in incident "another attack by a loser terrorist".

"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!," he wrote on Twitter.

"Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!

"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"

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