Explosion on London Underground treated as terrorism, cops say – New York News

LONDON – A homemade bomb exploded on a packed London subway train during rush hour on Friday, leaving 18 people injured but no one seriously hurt. Police said the explosion was a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year.


Commuters reported a noise and a flash aboard the District Line train at Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city, followed by chaos as hundreds of people rushed to get away from danger.

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Mark Rowley, head of counterterrorism for the Metropolitan Police, said “we now assess this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device.”

He said 18 people had been injured, most with “flash burns.”

Photos taken inside the train show a white plastic bucket inside a foil-lined shopping bag. Flames and what appear to be wires emerge from the top.

London ambulance service said they had sent multiple crews to the Parsons Green station and 18 people were hospitalized, though none had life-threatening injuries.

“There was out of the corner of my eye a massive flash of flames that went up the side of the train,” eyewitness Chris…

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