A CRUDE bomb exploded on a London Underground train during the morning rush-hour, injuring 22 people in what police described as a terrorist attack. The blast, at 8.20am, appears to have been relatively small; the train in which it occurred does not seem to have been extensively damaged. Pictures show flames coming from a white bucket on the floor of the carriage, with wires protruding from underneath.
The device went off as the train neared Parsons Green station, on the District Line in south-west London, heading into the city. Parts of the District line have been suspended; the remainder of London’s transport network is running smoothly.
As police hunted the bomber, Theresa May, the prime minister, condemned the “cowardly” attack. She also rebuked Donald Trump, who had earlier tweeted that the “loser terrorist” responsible had been “in the sights of Scotland Yard”. “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” Mrs May said.
The explosion is the fifth terrorist attack in Britain this year. In May a suicide-bomber killed 22 and injured 250 at a concert venue in Manchester. On three occasions assailants have used motor vehicles to run down pedestrians in the capital: first outside Parliament in March; then on London Bridge in June; and, later that month, outside a mosque in Finsbury Park.
Note: This piece has been updated.
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