15 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
London Metropolitan Police have swung into action to investigate a terror incident after what an eyewitness called a “minor explosion” took place on a subway train at the Parsons Green station at about 8:20 a.m on Friday, ABC News reports.
According to a British government official, the incident is being treated as a terrorism event, but at this early stage appears to be an isolated incident.
The source says there were multiple injuries, but no fatalities, ABC News reports.
Martin Abams, an eyewitness who was on the train, told ABC News that there was a minor explosion, which caused predominantly minor facial and burn injuries.
He said the train had just arrived at the station and the doors had just opened when the explosion happened.
“The tube had just pulled into the station, and as the doors were opening there was a loud explosion and ball of flame which moved along the corridor of the train just where I was.
“I looked back and saw a bit of confusion with people rushing to get off the train. I saw a blue bag, with some smoke, and flames, which appeared to be coming out of the bag.
“I got off the train onto the platform. There were a number of people with singed hair and what appeared to be facial burns. I then went back onto the carriage to see if there were any casualties, but there were no casualties at all on the train.
“Everybody appeared to get off. There was nobody laying on the platform floor. I assessed that there were no serious casualties at that time. There was just the heat, the fireball and the noise, but no concussion as such”, the witness said.
Metropolitan Police said on Twitter the incident was being treated as a terrorist incident.
“The emergency services attended and at this stage we are treating the matter as a terrorist-related incident and the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command will take responsibility for that investigation,” Deputy Constable of British Transport Police Adrian Hanstock said.