LONDON — A small explosion went off in a London subway carriage Friday during the morning rush hour injuring a number of commuters and sending them scrambling in what police are calling a terrorist incident.
Police and ambulances rushed to the Parsons Green station on the London Underground’s District Line where there were a number of reported injuries but no apparent fatalities.
Prime Minister Theresa May called a special meeting of the anti-terror Cobra committee for Friday afternoon.
“My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident,” she said.
London’s Metropolitan Police said they were investigating the event as a terrorist incident.
Sky News reported British counterterrorism officers had also arrived at the scene. Metropolitan Police asked Londoners to avoid the area.
A photograph on social media showed a white bucket beside a shoulder bag with flames – but little damage. Even the bucket was not burned.
A twitter user named @RRigs wrote, “Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door.”
Commuters described scenes of panic to the BBC and there were reports of passengers with injuries, including facial burns.
Media technology consultant Richard Aylmer-Hall was riding on the subway. He told the BBC that passengers were trampled as they tried to escape:
“There was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming.”
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