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Homemade Bomb Explodes in London Underground During Rush Hour [VIDEO]

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Another improvised terrorist attack in a subway station Friday Morning has injured at least 22 commuters. Police are labeling the attack as a “terrorist incident.” The improvised explosive device was built into a bucket that was seen burning on the subway train moments before the explosion.

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The attack occurred in the Parsons Green station of the London Underground. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening, though many of the victims were badly burned.

As Fox reports, “Scotland Yard said an improvised explosive device was used in the attack. London’s Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit is investigating the terrorist incident. Police did not immediately provide any details on any suspects.”

Flash burns, like those suffered by the victims of this attack, can be serious, but tend to burn only exposed skin. Most of those burns, though painful, are superficial. It is unclear if the explosion was engineered to distribute shrapnel or if it was just intended to cause a fire. And panic.

Peter Crowley, a witness, told the BBC: “I heard a large bang from the doors on the other side of the tube train and this fireball came towards my heard and singed off all my hair – I have got burn marks at the top of my head. Everyone just ran off the train, it was quite scary.”

“It was a really hot intense fireball above my head, I’ve just got red marks and burns to the top of my head. There were a lot of people a lot worse than me.”

Most of the witness statements focused less on the burns and more on the panic that the explosion had created. As people panicked, they fled in a disorderly manner, and trampled many who were unable to keep pace with the fleeing mob.

“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,” one witness said. “Some people got pushed over and trampled on, I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews.

“It was an absolutely packed, rush-hour District Line train from Wimbledon to Edgware Road. I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets.”

“Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote in a statement. “As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.”

“My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident,” tweeted British Prime Minister Theresa May .

 

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump tweeted. “Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!”

The manhunt for the terrorist is underway, and the latest news says the bomb didn’t fully explode.