An explosion on a London Underground train at a station in south-west London left several commuters injured and caused panic in the area, media reports said.
Transport for London (TfL) said the District Line was partially suspended because of a “security alert”, the Independent reported.
The city’s District Line has been affected at Parsons Green station and several people are believed to have been hurt as a result of a large white plastic bucket in a supermarket plastic bag exploding in one of the carriages.
“We are aware of reports on social media RE #ParsonsGreen. We will release facts when we can – our info must be accurate,” the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.
While the nature of the explosion is not yet known, Met Police bomb squads and fire crews have been rushed to the station along with ambulances. Armed police are at the scene and the Metropolitan Police urged people to avoid the area.
The city’s District Line has been affected at Parsons Green station and several people are believed to have been hurt as a result of a large white plastic bucket in a supermarket plastic bag exploding in one of the carriages. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed for calm.
“I’m afraid my information is limited and it really is important not to speculate at the moment. Obviously, everybody should keep calm and go about their lives in a normal way, as normal as they possibly can,” Johnson was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
Eyewitnesses from shops outside the station have reported seeing people with facial injuries. Many have been told to stay in lockdown until the police gives an all clear.
One witness reported seeing “a flash and a bang” in a bag holding the container, which is said to have had wires coming from it, on the packed rush-hour carriage.