Tuesday 16 October 2018

'Small number of people' injured after explosion at London underground station

Southgate underground station is seen after a minor explosion was reported, London, Britain June 19 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Deborah Pratchett/ via REUTERS
Southgate underground station is seen after a minor explosion was reported, London, Britain June 19 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Deborah Pratchett/ via REUTERS
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British police said on Tuesday a "small number of people" were receiving medical treatment after what they described as a minor explosion likely caused by a battery malfunction at an underground station in north London.

They said there was no immediate indication the incident was linked to terrorism.

"It appears at this stage that the cause of the explosion was a battery short circuit", police said, adding they were working to establish the full facts.

Police said they had been called to reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate station at 7:03 pm. They closed the station, advised people to avoid the area and said officers were dealing with a suspicious package.

"Enquiries continue but we do not believe this to be terror related," British Transport Police said on Twitter. "A small number of people have been treated at the scene."

Local residents reported on Twitter they were escorted out of their homes and others were instructed to stay in restaurants and shops near the scene.

Reuters

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