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An explosion caused by a suspected “bucket bomb” on a London Underground train at Parsons Green is being treated as a terrorist attack by police.
Scotland Yard said it was “too early” to confirm the cause of the blast during the Friday morning rush-hour, which saw 18 people taken to hospital. No arrests have so far been made and a major manhunt is under way.
Witnesses reported seeing people “covered in blood” after a “flash and a bang” from the device that is not believed to have fully detonated, but sent a “fireball” through the packed District Line Tube in west London.
Watch live: Scene outside Parsons Green station
Live: Aftermath of Parsons Green ‘explosion’
It is understood that around 10 of the injured suffered from burns. Others were trampled and suffered crush injuries in the rush to escape the packed carriage, which was the last in the train.
Emergency services including armed police rushed to the scene after being alerted at around 8.20am.
Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the incident.
It comes with Britain on high alert after four terror attacks in 2017. The official threat level currently stands at severe – meaning an attack is seen as “highly likely”.
Armed police remain at the scene and the Metropolitan Police urged people to avoid the area. Transport for London said Tube services are suspended between Edgware Road and Wimbledon.