A device exploded on a London Tube train at Parsons Green station during rush hour this morning, leaving a number of passengers with injuries.
Amid confusing reports, the authorities – who advise civilians to avoid the area – have now confirmed the cause of the incident as terror-related.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement on Twitter:
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after the incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station is declared a terrorist incident
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 15, 2017
Emergency services, including the ambulance service, the London Fire Brigade and British Transport Police were called to the west London station at around 8:20am.
Passengers on the train have reportedly suffered ‘facial burns’ during their Friday morning commute, with eyewitnesses describing a ‘fireball’ and people ‘covered in blood’.
Another eye-witness report described a panicked scene resulting in a ‘stampede’ to safety on Twitter.
The injuries were sustained after a white container ‘blew up’ towards the rear of the District Line train:
Explosion on Parsons Green district line train. Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door. pic.twitter.com/pGbfotbfsJ
— Rigs (@RRigs) September 15, 2017
— Peter Crowley (@cupid5tunt) September 15, 2017
— Emma (@EmmaStevie1) September 15, 2017
Commuter Robyn Frost told the BBC:
I walked into the station, there was blood on the floor and people running down the stairs screaming ‘get out’.
People were coming out of the station covered in blood.
People have been stretchered into ambulances now.
Armed police were filmed evacuating the station in the aftermath:
BBC helicopter shows scene at Parsons Green. pic.twitter.com/ephDbt2PKK
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) September 15, 2017
There have been further warnings issued after a suspect armed with a knife is said to be on the run in London following the Parsons Green explosion.
British Transport Police have asked everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour by texting 61016 or calling 0800 405040.