Police have launched a terrorism investigation after an explosion on a Tube train at Parsons Green station on Friday morning.
An improvised explosive device was detonated on a London underground train in the early hours of today, injuring 22 people in what police said was a terrorist incident.
It is understood that fleeing commuters left with serious facial burns after a ‘fireball flew down the carriage’ of the packed train.
It was also gathered that cops have identified the Parsons Green terror suspect using CCTV after an IED attached to a timer exploded on a rush-hour Tube.
The homemade bucket bomb device sent a “fireball down a carriage” as it partially detonated with a schoolboy and pregnant woman among those injured in the terror explosion.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also announced that “a manhunt is underway” as bomb squads and counter-terror cops swarmed on the scene.
He added: “The person or people responsible for this attack will be caught and will be brought for justice.”
Passengers on the District Line train said it burst into flames, leaving those nearest to it with burns.
Theresa May has called a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee to discuss the event. “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident,” the prime minister said.
One passenger on the train, who gave his name as Lucas, told the BBC: “I heard a really loud explosion . . . I saw people with minor injuries, burns to the face, arms, legs, multiple casualties.”
Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, who was on the train bound for central London when the device went off, said he saw several people injured, having apparently been trampled as they tried to escape.
The media technology consultant told the Press Association: “I was blissfully reading my paper and listening to a podcast and suddenly the whole world charged past me down the platform, down the Tube.
“I was on the Tube, we had just stopped at Parsons Green, I was on my way up from Wimbledon towards Paddington and suddenly there was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming.
“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. 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. Some people got pushed over and trampled on, I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews.”
This is the fifth attack the police have classified as “terrorist” in the United Kingdom this year.