London, September 15: A massive manhunt has been launched for the person who planted the home made Intensive Explosive Device on a London tube’s Parsons Green Station, injuring 22 passengers, sowing panic across the country. The explosion occurred at around 8:20 am on a District Line train which is treated as a terrorist attack. US President Donald Trump condemned the terror attack in London on Friday, calling it a cowardly act.
Twenty-two people have been admitted to the hospital with burn injuries. Hundreds of detectives working for the MI5 have started investigating the explosion.
The tube services have been restricted to the area and the station has been closed. The Metropolitan police and the London Ambulance services are at the scene. The Parson Green Station located in a posh area, very close to Wimbledon, an important area in London. A picture which has started 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.
What We Know So Far:
- The “improvised explosive device” detonated on a train in west London. The British security agency which came at the spot said it’s a sign the intent was to cause greater damage.
- The blast has been treated as a terror attack as police appealed residents to stay indoors. Passengers took photos of a burning bucket that may have caused the blast.
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a meeting of Britain’s emergency response committee. She tweeted in support of the victims. “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident, ” said PM Theresa May.
- London Mayor Sadik Khan said a “manhunt” has been launched to find those responsible for the explosion. “There is a manhunt underway as we speak. The police and security services are following all lines of enquiries,” Khan said to LBC radio. He also condemned the attack saying that “the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life. I will be attending the emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall this afternoon with the Prime Minister.”
- Boris Jhonson, British Foreign Secretary and former mayor of London appealed people to stay calm. “I am afraid my information is limited and it really is important not to speculate at the moment,” Jhonson told Sky News. “Obviously, everybody should keep calm and go about their lives in a normal way, as normal as they possibly can,” he said.
- Most of the injured were admitted to National Health Service and officials said that none of the victims faced grievous injuries. Eighteen were taken by ambulance and the other four made their own way to the hospital, the NHS said.
- A timer was found attached to the explosive device. The British security agency report said that the explosive device was intended to cause much greater damage, but cautioned that the investigation is still in its preliminary stages and refused to comment further.
- Moments after the attack, United States President Donald Trump responded to the attack calling a terrorist a “loser”. He urged the Scotland Yard to be proactive. “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump tweeted.
- Around 250 people were evacuated from the station who was present at the spot when the blast took place, London Fire Brigade officials revealed.
- Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn tweeted thanks to police, ambulance staff and firefighters who were quick enough to reach the spot. “Thoughts with those injured in Parsons Green terrorist incident,” he wrote.
- Witnesses present at the spot saw passengers with facial burns and hair coming off at Parsons Green station and seeing a fire or hearing an explosion on the train.
- After the incident at Parson Green station, “Fulham Road is closed between Munster Road and North End Road. Parsons Green Lane closed at New rings Road,” informed the Metropolitan police in a tweet.
- Meanwhile, panic grabbed most of the Londoner, some resolute citizens tweeted messages saying that they will not be defeated and will fight back.