London tube explosion: video shows burning device as police launch terrorism inquiry – latest updates
Follow live updates as police investigate explosion on train at Parsons Green underground station in which several people were injured
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New video shows passengers being evacuated from a tube train near Parsons Green.
In a statement Theresa May said: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident.”
Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee this afternoon to discuss the terrorist incident at Parsons Green, Downing Street announced.
Neil Basu, Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, has confirmed this is a terrorist incident.
In a statement the Met added that “a number of people” had suffered injuries. It said:
It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now under way by the Met’s counter-terrorism command.
The station remains cordoned off and we are advising people to avoid the area.
Police closed off the southern end of Kelvedon Road with tapes. Gautham Krishna was waiting at the tape to collect his daughter from Kensington Prep School which is behind the security cordon.
“There’s a report of something else possibly in there,’” he said. “The girls and my wife are in there. They are doing great a security sweep.”
The Metropolitan police have declared it a terrorist incident while investigations continue.
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station is declared a terrorist incident
British Transport Police has urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.
We ask everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to us by texting 61016 or calling 0800 405040.
A young man, who declined to give his name, said he was on the tube at Parsons Green when the incident happened. He said:
I left my flat this morning and walked down to the tube. It was about 8.15am. I got onto the first carriage of the train. It was heading into town, towards Earl’s Court.
There was a terrible commotion and crying and stuff. They kept us on the train for five minutes and then they evacuated the station.
Passengers on the train behind the one that had the explosion witnessed terrified passengers sprinting away up the tracks, PA reports.
They were then held in their train for over an hour before being evacuated on to the tracks themselves. Nicole Linnell, 29, who works for a fashion label, said:
We saw people running down the tracks. About 30 or 40 people.
They were running down the tracks outside our train. It was absolutely terrifying. Running on the tracks is the last thing you want to do so we were like ‘What’s going on?’
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, S0 15, has taken the lead in the investigation, in an early indication about a possible motive.
The inquiry into the explosion was initially led by British Transport Police [BTP].
Sylvain Pennec, a software developer from Southfields, near Wimbledon, was around 10 metres from the source of the explosion when fire filled the carriage.
“I heard a boom and when I looked there were flames all around,” he said. “People started to run but we were lucky to be stopping at Parsons Green as the door started to open.”
Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May was “receiving regular updates” on the situation at Parsons Green.
Passengers were seen being led off a train at Parsons Green, according to a series of images by Twitter user Laura G.
Video has emerged showing a bucket on fire on a tube train as London Underground staff urged passengers to “get away”.
Video of bucket on fire Parsons Green pic.twitter.com/K4ZFk0TZm5
Passengers reported seeing a device on a tube train at the station and hearing a bang during the Friday morning rush hour.
One passenger, named only as Lucas, told BBC 5 live:
I heard a really loud explosion – when I looked back there appeared to be a bag but I don’t know if it’s associated with it.
I saw people with minor injuries, burnings to the face, arms, legs, multiple casualties in that way. People were helping each other.
The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has appealed for calm.
Speaking to Sky News he said:
I’m afraid my information is limited and it really is important not to speculate at the moment. Everybody should keep calm and go about their lives in as normal a way as they possible can. The British Transport Police, TFL are on it. And they will be updating their websites as and when we get more information.
Witness Sham Shakil told BBC News that he saw several people “falling over themselves” as they tried to get out of Parsons Green station.
London fire brigade said it had sent six fire engines and 50 firefighters to the incident.
Fire crews from Fulham, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Hammersmith and other surrounding fire stations were in attendance, it said in statement.
The tube service has been partially suspended in west London after reports of an explosion and injuries Parsons Green underground station.
A Transport for London spokeswoman said the District line had been suspended between Earl’s Court and Wimbledon due to a security alert.
Source: Guardian Transport
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