West London. UK. Sept 15th: London police have declared a suspected explosion at Parsons Green tube station a terrorist incident. Commuters have reportedly suffered burn and stampede injuries after an explosion at Parsons Green underground station in west London.
Images shared online appeared to show a bucket with wires trailing from it smouldering inside a District line train.
Armed police, paramedics and firefighters are all on scene.
Witnesses described flames and a “fireball” following the incident at about 8.20am today. Security services and counter-terror teams are monitoring the situation.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has released a statement on his Facebook page:
“The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the explosion on a train at Parsons Green Station this morning is being treated as terrorism.
Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life.
As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.
I am in close contact with the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, Government and other emergency services who are responding at the scene and leading the investigation. I will be attending the emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall this afternoon with the Prime Minister.
My sincere gratitude goes to all our courageous emergency responders and the TfL staff who were first on the scene.
I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant, and to check TfL’s website for travel advice.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the terrorist incident at Parsons Green.
Photo: London Police Declare Parsons Green Tube Station Explosion A Terrorist Incident
Theresa May says her “thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident”