New Delhi, Sep 15: London Tube train explosion has been termed a terror attack. Several people were injured when an explosion occurred in a carriage of a London Tube train on Friday. Eyewitnesses from shops outside the station had reported seeing people with facial injuries. Many have been told to stay in lockdown as police evacuated the area and placed a wide zone under a police cordon.Here are the 10 facts you must know about this explosion which has sent a chilling shiver down the spine of citizens there.
1. Passengers reported seeing a device on the train at the Parsons Green station in south-west London and hearing a bang during the morning rush hour, reports the Guardian.The Metropolitan and British Transport police forces rushed to the scene. The exact number of injured was not disclosed.
2. Pictures on social media showed a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag but did not appear to show extensive damage to the inside of the train carriage, the BBC reported. Passenger Chris Wildish told the BBC that he saw a bucket in a supermarket bag with "low-level flames coming out of it" by the door of the rear carriage.
3. Witnesses described seeing at least one passenger with facial injuries. Others spoke of panic as stunned passengers trooped out of the train. A BBC London Correspondent who was at Parsons Green on her way to work said: "There was panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion... People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene."
4. Train services between Earl's Court and Wimbledon on the District Line were immediately suspended. An explosion on an underground train at a busy station in southwest London on Friday left several commuters injured in what the Scotland Yard described as a "terrorist incident"
5. The incident occurred during rush hour on a District Line Tube train as it pulled into Parsons Green station. Several people are said to have suffered facial burns after the blast in a bucket towards the rear of the District Line train. Some commuters reportedly were trampled and suffered crush injuries in the rush to escape.
6. Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism squad, SO15, arrived at the scene at Parsons Green Tube station and took the lead in the investigation from the British Transport Police
7."Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, has declared it a terrorist incident," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "The Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police attended the scene, along with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. At present we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries," the statement said.
8.Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May was "receiving regular updates" on the situation
9.Some of the injuries are believed to be related to the direct impact of the explosion involving a large white plastic bucket in a supermarket plastic bag in one of the carriages. Images of the bucket with wires sticking out have emerged on social media
10. However, many commuters were also injured in the chaos that followed as people panicked and tried to escape from the scene, resulting in a stampede at the station. While the exact nature of the explosion is not yet known, Metropolitan Police bomb squads and fire crews remained at the scene including London Ambulance's Hazardous Response Units.
News24Bureau with Agency inputs