Islamic State behind the London train blast

RSTV Bureau
Blast in London metro train, passengers report burn injuries, service suspended Courtesy: Reuters

Blast in London metro train, passengers report burn injuries, service suspended
Courtesy: Reuters

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion on the London Underground train that injured at least 29 people on Friday.

“The bombing on a metro in London was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic State” group, it said in a statement published by its Amaq propaganda agency.

An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on a packed underground train at a London station, in the fifth terror attack this year.

The explosion, on a District Line Tube in the British capital’s southwest, occurred as the train pulled into Parsons Green station. Commuters said they heard a bang and saw a fireball inside the carriage when the “bucket bomb” exploded.

Several people suffered facial burns, some reportedly were even trampled in the rush to escape.

Pictures of a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, with wires trailing on to the carriage floor of the train went viral on social media.

A hunt was on for a suspect the British media labelled as the “bucket bomber” after investigators reviewed the CCTV footage at the station.

Blast in London metro train, passengers report burn injuries, service suspended Courtesy: Reuters

Blast in London metro train, passengers report burn injuries, service suspended
Courtesy: Reuters

Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was “clearly intended to cause significant harm”.

Addressing the media after chairing an emergency response COBRA committee meeting at Downing Street, May said the UK’s terror threat level remains unchanged for now, at “severe” – the second highest.

“That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. But this will be kept under review as the investigation progresses. The public should go about their daily lives but remain vigilant,” May added.

“We do need to ensure that we are dealing with, not just the terrorist threat but with the extremism and the hate that can actually incite that terrorism.” the prime minister said.

(With inputs from agencies)