London Underground Explosion A “Terrorist Incident”

[A forensic tent set up outside the train at Parson's Green station. | Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA]
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On Friday morning, at least 22 people were injured upon an explosion at the London Underground Parson’s Green train station. Thankfully, there have been no reported fatalities. BBC reported Scotland Yard has confirmed an “improvised explosive device” was detonated on a train in southwest London. The explosion has been declared a “terrorist incident,” and authorities are searching for the person or persons responsible.

The train station and surrounding area were evacuated, while officers worked to secure what remained of the explosive device.

Authorities believe the device did not detonate the way it was supposed to and there was at least a partial failure. Had the device not failed, much greater harm could have been done.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as “cowardly” and noted the explosive device was “intended to cause significant harm.” She added the UK’s threat level would remain at “severe,” which is the second-highest ranking.

CBS News reports that two hours after the attack, Metropolitan Police announced, “”Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT (counter-terrorism) policing, has declared it a terrorist incident.”

Sources say the explosive device appears to have been improvised out of a large, white bucket in a shopping bag. The homemade bomb was also reportedly outfitted with a timer. CBS News adds that loose screws near the device are thought to have been intended for causing more damage.

CBS News security consultant, who’s also former head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Richard Walton commented, “Clearly the bomb has not done what it was intended to do, which was to kill and maim many people.” BBC says their security correspondent Frank Gardner posited that had the device worked as intended, “it would have killed everyone around it and maimed everyone in the train carriage for life.”

Along with the MI5, hundreds of detectives are working to investigate the attack. The London Underground explosion is fifth act of terrorism to be carried out across the pond in 2017.

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