London blast Live: Trump denounces terror attack in London, urges ‘proactive’ steps
London: An improvised explosive device went off on Friday on an underground train at a busy station in southwest London, leaving at least 22 people injured, in what Scotland Yard described as a “terrorist incident”. The incident occurred during rush hour in the morning on a District Line Tube train as it pulled into Parsons Green station.
An explosion caused by a suspected “bucket bomb” on a London Underground train at Parsons Green is being treated as a “terrorist attack”, Scotland Yard has said.
The incident comes as tensions are high in London, which has been struck repeatedly by extremist attacks this year. Here are the latest updates and developments:
■ At least 22 people were injured when a suspected terrorist set off an improvised bomb on a London underground train during the morning rush hour. Prime Minister Theresa May said the device was designed to cause greater damage.
The suspect remained at large as police trawled CCTV footage and appealed for photos from the public. Images of a small fire in a white bucket with protruding wires were broadcast by Sky News, which said the device had probably failed to detonate fully. It may have had a timer, Sky reported. “There is a manhunt underway,” mayor of London Sadiq Khan told LBC radio.
■ US President Donald Trump on Friday denounced an attack in London when a blast hit a packed commuter train, and urged authorities and others to take more “proactive” steps such as better policing of internet use by terrorist groups.
“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!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.
“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!” (Reuters)
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
■ Twenty-two people were injured after a bomb blast on a packed London Underground train on Friday, the National Health Service said in a statement.
Eighteen were taken by ambulance and the other four made their own way to hospital, the NHS said, adding that the injured have been taken to four London clinics. (AFP)
■ London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Londoners will see more police on the streets of the British capital after an explosion at a metro station, which officers said was a “terrorist incident.”
“They will see over the course of today and the next few days an enhanced police presence, not simply on the public transport network but also across London,” Khan told LBC Radio. (Reuters)
■ British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee in response to a subway fire that police have called a terrorist incident.
May tweeted Friday: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident.”
PM: My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident.— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) September 15, 2017
Police say several people have been injured in the rush-hour incident on a Tube train at Parsons Green station in west London.
Britain’s official threat level from terrorism stands at “severe,” the second-highest rung on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely. (AP)
■ British foreign secretary Boris Johnson says people should “keep calm and go about their normal lives” as emergency services respond to an incident at a London subway station.
Johnson says it would be “wrong to speculate,” and that police and transit authorities “are on it.”
The police, ambulance and fire services say they are responding to an “incident” at Parson’s Green station in southwest London. Passengers reported people fleeing in panic after reports of an explosion.
■ The mayor of London says the city “will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.”
Sadiq Khan says the city “utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life.”
He says Londoners should remain “calm and vigilant” after a fire on a subway train that police are calling a terrorism incident.
London has been targeted by attackers several times this year, with vehicle attacks near Parliament, on London Bridge and near a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London.
Khan says he will be attending a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee with Prime Minister Theresa May later. (AP)
■ London Ambulance Service says 18 people hospitalized in subway attack, none with serious or life-threatening injuries. (AP)
■ Device used during London metro incident did not fully detonate, Sky News reports.
■ The explosion on the London Underground occurred on an S-Stock train which can carry more than 800 passengers, reports Manchester Evening News.
■ The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at ParsonsGreen tube station is declared a terrorist incident.
The Met"s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station is declared a terrorist incident— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 15, 2017
■ London firefighters are leading passengers off a train along subway tracks close to station where “incident” occurred. (AP)
■ Britain has suffered four attacks blamed on terrorists so far this year which killed 36 people. In 2005, 52 people were killed when four British Islamists carried out suicide bomb attacks on three London underground trains and a bus. (Reuters)
■ A bomb squad and counter terror police have arrived at the station following the blast which happened in a white bucket inside a Lidl carrier bag, Metro.co.uk reports.
Emergency Services are still at Parsons Green tube station. We continue to ask Londoners to avoid the area. More info as and when verified— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 15, 2017
■ Transport for London said on Twitter that there was no service between Earls Court and Wimbledon on the District Line which runs through Parsons Green. Britain has already suffered four attacks blamed on terrorists so far this year which killed 36 people. (Reuters)
■ London fire brigade say have six fire engines, two fire rescue units and around 50 firefighters at parsons green. (Reuters)
■ British police on Friday advised people to avoid the area near Parsons Green, a west London underground station, after media reports of a blast on a train.
“Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police are in attendance along with the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service,” London’s police said in a statement.
“We would advise people to avoid the area.” (Reuters)
■ “I was on second carriage from the back. I just heard a kind of whoosh. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me,” a man who was on the train told Reuters.
— Agencies contributed to the live updates