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White bucket being probed as source of Underground explosion

16 September 2017

This was a detonation of an improvised explosive device. "I will be attending the emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall this afternoon with the Prime Minister", Mirror quoted London Mayor Sadiq Khan as saying.

One witness, who suffered burns on his scalp, spoke of others who were badly burnt, while others spoke of the panic that ensued after the incident as, after the doors were quickly opened, people attempted to exit the station through its single narrow stairwell. Initial examination by explosives experts led them to conclude it was "viable", meaning the device was meant to explode in a more forceful way. Commuters who were reportedly near the explosion saw fire emanate from the bucket and fill the train.

Scotland Yard are treating the explosion on the train, which was full of rush hour commuters heading into Central London, as a terrorist incident.

London Fire Brigade were also on the scene, tweeting: 'We have a number of resources and specialists officers in attendance at the incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station'.

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"Security sources say they've identified a suspect involved in the Parsons Green bombing, with the aid of CCTV footage", Mark White, a home affairs correspondent for Sky News, said on Twitter.

- Transport for London said there was no service on the western part of the District Line which runs through Parsons Green.

Humanity has yet again come under attackAnd people are having none of itBut London will never be defeatedPrayers and thoughts are with everyone affected What do these people gain?

The Metropolitan Police said none of the injured sustained life-threatening or serious injuries. No arrests have so far been made and the attacker remains at large. Police advised people to avoid the area.

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The threat level was last raised to "critical" following the Manchester Arena bombing in May, when 23 people, including the attacker, were killed as they exited a concert by United States popstar Ariana Grande.

The Friday blast came after four deadly attacks in London this year - Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, and one in Manchester at a concert of US pop singer Ariana Grande.

US President Donald Trump said the attack was carried out by a "loser terrorist".

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White bucket being probed as source of Underground explosion