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Explosion on London commuter train injures 22

Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 16:10

A manhunt is underway in London after an improvised explosive device was detonated on a commuter train injuring 22 people but causing no fatalities. London Metropolitan police have confirmed that they are treating it as a terrorist attack. Eyewitnesses spoke of people being crushed as panicked commuters rushed for the exit when the crude explosive device detonated just before the train arrived at Parsons Green station.

Those injured by the “fireball” and “wall of flame” were treated for burns by paramedics who arrived on the scene. Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency response committee, Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “cowardly attack” saying it was clearly intended to cause “significant harm”. Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley said: “there are many urgent enquiries ongoing now, with hundreds of detectives involved, looking at CCTV, [doing] forensic work and speaking to witnesses.”

This is the fifth terrorist attack in the UK this year. In March Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man, drove a car at pedestrians on Westminster bridge, before he was shot and killed by police after crashing into the gates of Parliament. In May a suicide bomber killed 22 people when he blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Eight people were killed the following month when three attackers drove over pedestrians on London Bridge then stabbed several more people in Borough market, before being shot and killed by police. Also in June Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four drove from his home in Cardiff to the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London where he mounted the pavement killing one man and injuring ten others.

Shortly after the Parsons Green attack US President Donald Trump tweeted: “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!” Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to respond saying it was not helpful to speculate on an ongoing investigation.


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