British authorities have confirmed that 22 people were injured in the West London explosion, which is being investigated as a terror attack by police. Meanwhile, the London mayor stated that a manhunt is underway but did not say whether the authorities have identified a suspect or suspects.
Watch: The homemade bomb after the explosion and footage from the scene in West London
At least 22 people were injured when a homemade bomb blew up in a District Line tube train in West London. Local police are at the scene and have asked the residents to avoid the area. According to the police, the explosion is being treated as a terror attack. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that no reports about injured Israelis have been received.
The incident is still under investigation, though preliminary reports indicate that the bomb was in a plastic bucket that had been placed on the train. None of the 22 injured people who are being treated at hospitals in the city suffered life-threatening injuries. After the explosion, the train service in London was suspended.
Eye-witnesses at the scene Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
British Prime Minister 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.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the LBC radio station that the authorities are searching for the person or the people responsible for the act. “There is a manhunt underway as we speak,” he said.
Security forces at the scene Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
“The investigation is being led by the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said during a press conference. “Londoners can expect to see an enhanced police presence, particularly across the transport system across today.”