Parson Greens, London attack kills 22, investigation continues

Parson blast shocks London, kills 22

London had just about to be recovered from the recent blast at Manchester when it was rocked by an underground explosion this Friday morning. There was a detonation on the London Underground train which caused many casualties; some due to the blast and some due to the stampede that followed. A reporter present at the scene said that some people were severely burnt. 22 deaths have been recorded so far. Thereafter, panic ensued and the train was cleared out in minutes.

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Security around London has been tightened

According to TIME, a witness, Jessica McKay, found out about the blast because the man behind her got a call from his friend informing him about the blast on the train ahead. A few seconds after that, the driver announced that there had been a major incident. In the recent light of events, this attack is being considered a terrorist attack.

Many pictures of a bucket like structure in a plastic bag were plastered over the Internet which generated the suspicion that the “bomb” was as IED. An IED is an ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ which is basically a bomb used and detonated by unconventional and non-military ways. The Assistant Commissioner of London Police, Mark Rowley, confirmed these suspicions. When Theresa May was asked to comment, she said, “The threat level remains at severe. That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. But this will be kept under review as the investigation progresses.”, the Guardian reported.

Reuters reported that a witness, Charlie Craven, got onto the train, and as soon as the doors closed, he saw a fireball coming down the carriage.[1]

US President, Donald Trump, saw this as another opportunity to defend his stand on the travel ban. He tweeted: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” He also wrote tweets that implied that Scotland Yard could’ve stopped the attack if they had been more attentive and if more stringent measures had been present. He even implied that the British security forces knew the identity of the attackers but didn’t intervene, in his other tweet.

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” – Donald Trump

Theresa May was agitated by this and replied by saying that people shouldn’t make assumptions about things they know nothing about. [2]

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A witness noticed a bucket on fire

The flash bomb indicated that the whole bomb didn’t explode. This was further confirmed when a woman looked around the station after the panic and saw a bucket on fire. The station has been put under high alert and almost 150m radius of space around the debris has been cleared so that the remnants of the bomb can be inspected, and stabilized.

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[1] http://in.reuters.com/article/britain-security-london/home-made-bomb-injures-22-on-packed-london-commuter-train-idINKCN1BQ0RR?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

[2] http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/live-updates-explosion-in-london-underground-police-say-it-s-a-terrorist-incident/story-AqEJhYS4Un8ECrwOA5BJTO.html

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