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London police are treating an explosion on a London Underground train at Parsons Station as a “terror incident.” Twenty-two people were injured and have been taken to local hospitals.
The blast happened at about 8:20 a.m. local time (3:20 a.m. ET) during rush hour in Central London. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said in a press conference that the blast was the “detonation of an improvised explosive device.” Metropolitan Police tweeted that they have declared this a “terrorist incident.”
The train was headed eastbound from Wimbledon.
Here’s what we know so far about the attack. This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated.
1. 22 People Were Rushed to Hospitals With Non-Life Threatening Injuries
The National Health Service confirmed that 22 patients were rushed to nearby hospitals and trusts. The London Ambulance Service added that none of the patients “are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition.”
“We can confirm we have taken 18 patients to hospital following the incident at Parsons Green underground station,” Natasha Wills, Assistant Director of Operations at London Ambulance Service, said in a statement. “We were called at 8:20am today, with the first ambulance crew arriving within five minutes. We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, officers and our Hazardous Area Response Team.”
Passenger Peter Crowley told the BBC that there was a “really hot intense fireball above my head,” adding that there were “people a lot worse than me.”
2. The Explosion Was Caused by an ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ That Didn’t Fully Explode
3. Witnesses Said There Was a ‘Human Stampede’ to Get Out of the Station
4. Mayor Sadiq Khan Told Londoners to ‘Remain Calm & Vigilant’
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that he is in contact with Metropolitan Police and other officials. He will be at an emergency cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May this afternoon.
“Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life,” Khan wrote. “As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.” He added, “I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant, and to check TfL’s website for travel advice.”