Blast on London Underground train leaves several injured
An explosion that occurred on a Tube train at Parsons Green underground station in West London has injured several passengers.
The incident took place during the peak hours of the morning, causing severe burns and injuries to commuters on-board, reported Reuters.
The London Ambulance Service noted in a statement that 18 people have been taken to the hospital from the site, but no patients are in serious condition.
London Ambulance Service Operations assistant director Natasha Wills said: “We have sent a number of resources to the scene, including ambulance crews, officers and our Hazardous Area Response Team.
“We are working closely with our colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and London Fire Brigade at the scene, ensuring patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.”
Counter-terrorism policing senior national coordinator Neil Basu described the incident as an act of terrorism.
London police was quoted by the news agency as saying: “It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.”
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has also called an urgent meeting of Britain’s emergency response committee in response to the incident.
Images taken at the scene show a white bucket with protruding wires in flames packed in a supermarket freezer bag on one train carriage, which is suspected to be the source of explosion.
The police have cordoned off the station, blocking every side of the street as investigations are being carried out, reported BBC.