Friday morning started with fear for some in London with a partial explosion on a train. Ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter surrounded the Parsons Green station in West London. Multiple passengers were seen with facial burns. Others were hurt in the subsequent stampede. Transport for London announced that service between Earls Court and Wimbledon on the District Line was suspended. Police are currently reviewing social media reports, CCTV and other sources. A statement, after their accuracy has been determined, will be released. This is the fourth attack this year and a total of 36 people have been killed so far by terrorist attacks in Britain.
“We can confirm we have taken 18 patients to hospital following the incident at Parsons Green underground station,” said Natasha Wills, the ambulance service’s assistant director of operations.
Prime Minister Theresa May will be chairing an emergency COBRA meeting after more details of the blast are known. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, has declared this a terrorist incident. All those injured have been treated and no serious injuries resulted from the blast.