LONDON TUBE ‘TERROR’Parsons Green Tube ‘terror’ attack as ‘bucket bomb’ leaves 20 injured including schoolboy as police ‘hunt knifeman’ and ‘diffuse second device’.
Emergency services were called to a London Underground station this morning after reports of an explosion on a train.
Pictures appeared to show an explosion in a bucket towards the rear of a train.
Explosion on Parsons Green district line train. Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door. pic.twitter.com/pGbfotbfsJ
— Rigs (@RRigs) September 15, 2017
The incident occurred at Parsons Green Tube station.
A metro.co.uk reporter said passengers suffered facial burns and others had been hurt in a subsequent stampede.
The Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green Tube station. Officers are in attendance.”
British Transport Police said: “We’re aware of an incident at Parsons Green station. Officers are at the scene. The station is closed.”
An unverified picture circulating on social media showed a white bucket in a supermarket freezer bag with what appeared to be wires coming out of the top on the floor of one train carriage.
Counter-terrorism police are monitoring events at the scene but the investigation is being led by transport police, a security source has said.
Transport for London said it is “investigating an incident at Parsons Green” and urged customers travelling between Wimbledon and Earls Court to use alternative routes.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We are on scene alongside the Metropolitan Police at Parsons Green.”
London Fire Brigade said they were called to the incident at 8.21am.
They added that six fire engines, a fire rescue unit and around 50 firefighters and specialist officers were sent to the scene.
Media technology consultant Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, was sitting on the District Line train bound for central London when panic unfolded at around 8.20am.
Natasha Wills, of London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.20am to reports of an incident at Parsons Green underground station.
“We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team, with the first of our medics arriving in under five minutes.
“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries. More information will follow when we have it.”
BBC correspondent Riz Lateef, who was at the station travelling to work, said there was “panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion.
“People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene. There was lots of panic.”
One passenger, named only as Lucas, told BBC 5 live: “I heard a really loud explosion – when I looked back there appeared to be a bag but I don’t know if it’s associated with it.
“I saw people with minor injuries, burnings to the face, arms, legs, multiple casualties in that way.
“People were helping each other.”