The Parson’s Green London Tube Firebomb Attack was attempted by young extremists in the name of Isis. The device was crude, utilising a builders bucket, a bag and a detonation device. Common and freely available materials were utilised. Such materials would be detected using Airport security checks. The Tube station and trains are soft targets, hard to monitor, but not impossible.
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Parsons Green tube explosion: Bomb blast in London leaves 29 injured in terror attack
AN EXPLOSION ripped through a packed commuter Tube train at Parsons Green in London this morning leaving many injured in what police have confirmed is a terror attack.
- Explosion took place at Parsons Green tube station in West ondon after 8am on Friday, September 15
- Officials said 29 people had been hospitalised in the blast
- ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack
- Police are still searching for one suspect and have launched a major manhunt
- Theresa May has condemned the “cowardly” attack
- Britain’s terror threat level has been raised to critical from severe
The explosion devastated the District line train, bound for central London, which had just stopped at Parsons Green station in west London at just gone 8am.
Emergency services including police, fire and ambulance raced to the scene after the improvised explosive device detonated in a carriage.
Witnesses said they saw a white “builder’s bucket” in a supermarket bag, and pictures online appeared to show wires protruding from it on the floor of a carriage. Reports suggested the device had a timer.
Almost half of the injured were hurt in a stampede following the explosion. The rest suffered burns when the homemade device exploded.
One witness, Richard Aylmer-Hall said: “I was blissfully reading my paper and listening to a podcast and suddenly the whole world charged past me down the platform, down the Tube.
“There was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming.
“There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off.
“It was an absolutely packed, rush-hour District Line train from Wimbledon to Edgware Road.
“I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets.
“I don’t think anyone was hurt by the actual device or whatever it was.”
Another passenger said: “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.”
Ryan Barnett was caught up in the crush in the stairwell of the Tube station. He heard of victims with burn injuries and reported seeing some commuters taking selfies on the platform.
“But when I was on the staircase, the stewards and other passengers, they are shouting ‘stop, stop, stop’, so I ended up squashed on the staircase, people were falling over, people fainting, crying, there were little kids clinging on to the back of me.
“It is absolute chaos, it was quite scary because at one stage we thought we might be trapped there – I heard a pregnant woman lost her shoes and had fallen over.”
A third witness said she saw “blood on the floor” and “people running down the stairs screaming ‘get out’”.
Following the terrifying attack, Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon at Downing Street.
And she condemned the “cowardly” attack after hosting a Cobra meeting to discuss the UK’s next steps, saying it involved a device “clearly intended to cause significant harm”.
But she also hit out at Donald Trump, after he lashed out at Scotland Yard in the wake of the attack and described the bomber as a “loser”.
He said: “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!
“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!”
Express.co.uk asked whether authorities knew the identity of the assailant prior to the attack but Met Police confirmed they had no idea who the suspect was at that point.
Police have since identified a man believed to be the bomber after looking through CCTV footage but they have not yet released any further information about the bomber.
The attacker is still at large but police have launched a major manhunt to bring the bomber to justice.
Local MP Greg Hands said: “[If] the perpetrator is still at large… capturing the perpetrator and attending to those injured must be the priority.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m in contact with @metpoliceuk and emergency services about the incident at Parsons Green. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates & advice.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also urged people to “keep calm” and listen to officials.
Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was one of the first foreign officials to publicly comment on the attack.
He tweeted: “Thoughts and sympathy with London again this morning after terror attack on Underground -a number of injuries, no Irish reported as injured.”
The EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: “Solidarity with the people of #London & thoughts with those injured. Let’s work together to defeat those who seek to terrorise us.”
Shocked commuters took to Twitter to describe the scene.
One said: “What the f**k is happening at Parsons Green – never been so scared – can we get an announcement???”
Another said: “Horror on District Line at Parsons Green due to explosion / fire on train.
“People struggling to get out of the station.”
A third said: “What’s happening at Parsons Green, panic on the platform reports of fire or explosion in a bag. No announcements.”
Mr Butterfield had been caught up in the panic as he tried to enter the station on his way to work.
He said: “People weren’t even running, they were literally crawling over one another and just fleeing I guess.
“We were told [by police] there had been an explosion on a District Line train and someone was running around with a knife.
“Then we have just been told there’s another explosive device.
“It’s been really frightening and very confusing especially as no-one really knows what’s going on.”
“The police and emergency services were quickly on the scene and I would like to pay tribute again to their professionalism and tireless commitment.
“I am receiving regular updates on what is an ongoing and active investigation.
“I would urge Londoners to remain alert and assist the police and emergency services as much as they can.”
“Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of a fire on the train.
“Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, has declared it a terrorist incident.
“Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police attended the scene, along with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.
“At present we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries.
“It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“Anyone with images from the scene is asked to upload them to http://www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
“We urge the public to remain calm but alert and if you have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then contact police.”
The London Fire Brigade said “six fire engines, two fire rescue unit and around 50 firefighters and specialist officers” were sent to the scene.
“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.”
This is the fourth terror attack Britain has suffered this year, following the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attack.