British police have said after investigation that they were treating a blast on an underground train at Parsons Green tube station in west London as a ‘terrorist incident”.
— CNN (@CNN) September 15, 2017
According to News 18 news report, passengers were seen “badly burned” following the explosion. Witnesses reported seeing passengers who had suffered facial burns and had hair coming off, with at least two women seen being treated by medics amid scenes of panic during rush hour.
A witness said six ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter were at Parsons Green station, where the Metro newspaper reported that some passengers had also been hurt in a subsequent stampede.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in his tweet has confirmed that the attack is treated as terrorism and urged Londoners to remain calm and vigilant
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) September 15, 2017
The station was closed, as well as an entire section of the District Line where it is located.
A Metro.co.uk reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train. The bucket looked like the type used by builders and there appeared to be cables coming out of it.
Richard Aylmer-Hall, 52, a media technology consultant, described “panic” on the train. “There was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming,” he told the Press Association. “There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off… I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews,” he said.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) September 15, 2017