London tube blast LIVE updates: Police identify suspect in Parsons Green terror attack; no arrests made so far

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London tube blast LIVE updates: Police identify suspect in Parsons Green terror attack; no arrests made so far
  • 22:11 (IST)

    District Line remains closed after Parsons Green attack

  • 21:35 (IST)

    Watch: Eyewitness describe London terror attack

  • 21:14 (IST)

    British PM Theresa May says London train bomb intended to cause 'significant harm'

  • 20:58 (IST)

    'We are not quite tough enough,' Donald Trump on London terror attack: Watch his statement

  • 20:55 (IST)

    Theresa May takes objection to Trump's tweet slamming Scotland Yard, says speculations not helpful

    "UK prime minister Theresa May delivered a stern rebuke after the US President claimed the perpetrators  responsible for the Parsons Green tube bombing were known to police," The Telegraph reported. Here is what the US President had said. 

  • 20:44 (IST)

    London Residents cautioned about extra force deployment

  • 20:42 (IST)

    List of support resources for affected people

    • If you were involved in the incident - 020 7230 1212 or 101
    • If you are a foreign national in the UK - reach out to embassy, high commission or consulate, 
    • Mental health support - Read mental health support pamphlets
    • Victim Supportline - Call 0808 168 9111 
    • Samaritans for emotional support -  Call 116 123
    • Anti-Terrorist Hotline - Call 0800 789 321

  • 20:33 (IST)

    Theresa May chairs COBRA meet to discuss terror threat

    Britain's prime minister Theresa may today chaired a Cabinet Office briefing room A meeting to discuss the terror threat after the Parsons Green attack. Here's her statement after the key meet. 

  • 20:26 (IST)

    Latest visuals from near Parsons Green Station 

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Britain Police identify suspect based on CCTV footage

    Sky News, quoting security sources, reported that the London police has identified a suspect after reviewing the CCTV footage from the area. More details, or an official confirmation on this update is awaited. 

    Stay tuned for latest updates. 

  • 20:11 (IST)

    Parsons Green Station remains closed; New Kings Road reopened

    The police adviced people to remain clear of the Parsons Green Station area, stating that it was still cordoned off. The services on District Line remain disrupted and the New Kings Road has been reopened. 

  • 20:03 (IST)

    Area around Parsons Green station evacuated

    Metropolitan Police said that the area around the site of today morning's terror attack has been evacuated, in which a "small number of residents were affected." 

    "The evacuation has been necessary whilst officers secure the remnants of the improvised device & ensure it is stable," the police said. 

  • 18:52 (IST)

    'London will never be defeated by terrorism'

  • 18:44 (IST)

    Mayor Sadiq Khan urges calm

    London mayor Sadiq Khan urged Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. "As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism," he said in a statement.

  • 18:42 (IST)

    Massive manhunt launched for those responsible

    Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident, the police have said they are on the lookout for those involved.

  • 18:34 (IST)

    Patients rushed to three London hospitals with "minor injuries"

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Theresa May aide laments Trump's tweets

    Nick Timothy, a senior aide to British prime minister Theresa May, has lamented US president Donald Trump's tweets on the London terror attack, saying it was "unhelpful".

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Unattended vehicle found near King's Cross station; preliminary probe shows it's safe 

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweets on Parsons Green terror attack

  • 18:10 (IST)

    IED device was attached to a timer; explosive did not detonate fully 

    Sky News reported that the IED device used in the explosion at a train at the Parsons Green Station was attached to a timer. The news agency reported that the device failed to fully detonate, because of which the impact of the explosion was mitigated. 

  • 18:07 (IST)

    Former British PM David Cameron reacts to London Terror Attack

  • 18:05 (IST)

    Watch: Latest visuals from around the Parsons Green stations

    The video was tweeted by twitter user @trovalavia. Firstpost could not independently verify the time or veracity of the video. 

  • 18:00 (IST)

    In Pictures: The explosive device on London Train

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Donald Trump slams Scotland Yard, suggests 'demented terrorists were in their sight'

    Donald Trump has suggested the "demented terrorist" behind today's Parsons Green incident was "in the sights of Scotland Yard". The President of United States, however, did not mention whether he had any proof to substantiate his dramatic claims. 

  • 17:49 (IST)

    London Police warns people of heightened police activity over weekend

  • 17:48 (IST)

    London Police urges people to dial hotline numbers 0800 789 321, 999 for info or in case of emergency

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Police examines CCTV footage; urges people to report any info

     "There are many urgent inquiries ongoing with hundreds of detectives involved, looking at CCTV, carrying out forensic work and speaking to witnesses," Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said. 

    "I am appealing for anyone who has information that would assist detectives to contact the hotline on 0800 789 321. I would also urge anyone with images or moving footage from the scene to upload them at," Rowley added. 

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Counter Terrorism Squad's detectives investigating Parsons Green incident

    "Detectives from the Met Police's Counter Terrorism Command are carrying out an urgent investigation into an incident on a London tube train this morning. It has been declared this a terrorist incident. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command, part of the national counter-terrorism police network, are making fast-time inquiries to establish who was responsible and are working closely with the security services. So far there have been no arrests.

    We believe the fire was caused by the detonation of an improvised device, which is being forensically examined," the Metropolitan Police's press release read. 

  • 17:39 (IST)

    Rest Centre for victims of Parsons Green attack opened at Lancaster Court estate

  • 17:36 (IST)

    London tube Services remain affected on district line 

  • 17:32 (IST)

    British Transport Police closes off New Kings Road 

  • 17:14 (IST)

    NYPD closely monitoring London terror attack, says no direct threat to New York City

    Commissioner James O'Neill says the New York Police Department is closely monitoring developments in the London subway explosion. O'Neill said on Twitter on Friday that there've been no direct threats to New York City. But he says people should always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

  • 17:00 (IST)

    At least 22 injured in London terror attack

    Twenty-two people were injured after a bomb blast on a packed London Underground train on Friday, the National Health Service said in a statement. Eighteen were taken by ambulance and the other four made their own way to hospital, the NHS said, adding that the injured have been taken to four London clinics. -  AFP

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Donald Trump condemns London tube attack "by a loser terrorist"

    US President Donald Trump is calling a fire at a London subway station another attack "by a loser terrorist" and suggesting police there may have missed an opportunity to prevent it. He also is suggesting that the government cut off internet access to extremist groups - AP

  • 16:38 (IST)

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Improvised explosive device caused Parsons Green explosion; police term it terror-related incident

    An explosion on a London Underground train that injured 18 people on Friday was caused by an "improvised explosive device", police said.

    "At 8:20 this morning at Parsons Green station there was an explosion on a Tube train. We now assess that this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device," police counter-terror chief Mark Rowley told reporters. - AFP

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Recap: Explosion on a train at Parsons Green station reported at 08.15 am (BST); Police call it 'terrorist attack'

  • 16:17 (IST)

    Watch: Visuals from Parsons Green station

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Forensics team investigating the cause of fire on a train at Parsons Green station

  • 16:11 (IST)

    253 people rescued from Parsons Green station so far

    London Fire Brigade has rescued 253 people from a train not involved in the incident. "It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command. The station remains cordoned off and we are advising people to avoid the area," the fire brigade said in a statement. 

    “We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, officers and our Hazardous Area Response Team. We are working closely with our colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and London Fire Brigade at the scene; ensuring patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible. As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency,” they added. 

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Six fire engines, two fire rescue units, around 50 firefighters at Parson Greens Station

    London Fire Brigade, in its latest press release, stated that six fire engines, two fire rescue units and around 50 firefighters and specialist officers are currently attending an incident at Parsons Green Tube station. 

    Director of Operations Tom George said: “The Brigade was called at 0821 and firefighters were on the scene within three minutes. Fire crews assisted the London Ambulance Service in treating casualties on the affected train.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Mayor of London says city won't be defeated 

    The mayor of London says the city "will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism."

    Sadiq Khan says the city "utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life."

    He says Londoners should remain "calm and vigilant" after a fire on a subway train that police are calling a terrorism incident.

    London has been targeted by attackers several times this year, with vehicle attacks near Parliament, on London Bridge and near a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London.

    Khan says he will be attending a meeting of the government's COBRA emergency committee with Prime Minister Theresa May later.

  • 15:53 (IST)

    18 people reported injured so far; no serious injuries: London Ambulance

    Eighteen people were taken to hospital following a terror attack on a London Underground train on Friday, the London Ambulance Service said, adding that no life threatening injuries were reported. 

    Witnesses reported seeing passengers "badly burned" following a fire or explosion on the train at Parsons Green station in west London.

  • 15:52 (IST)

    'People covered in blood, terrifying scenes': Eyewitness report several injuries

    A reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that some passengers were "really badly burned" and their "hair was coming off". 

    BBC correspondent Riz Lateef, who was on her way to work, said: "People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene. There was lots of panic."

    One passenger, named only as Lucas, told BBC 5 Live radio: "I heard a really loud explosion". "I saw people with minor injuries, burnings to the face, arms, legs, multiple casualties," he said. Another witness, Sham, told the radio station he had seen a man with blood all over his face. "There were a lot of people limping and covered in blood," he said.

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Passangers report burn injuries; rescue ops underway

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Metropolitan Police puts out Helpline numbers, urges people to report any info on Parsel Greens terror attack

  • 15:37 (IST)

    London Fire Brigade attending at Parsel Green Station

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Fulham Road, Parsons Green Lane closed in  wake of terror attack at London tube at Parsons Green Station

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Theresa May to chair a meeting on London Subway incident

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee in response to a subway fire that police have called a terrorist incident.

    May tweeted Friday: "My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident."

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Counter terrorism command investigating Parsel Green station incident

    Armed police and sniffer dogs were seen on the train and around the station, which is set in a leafy suburb of southwest London popular with well-off commuters and filled with chic cafes. Counter terrorism command were also pressed into service, The Hindu reported. 

An explosion on an underground train at a station in south-west London on Friday left several commuters injured and caused panic in the area, media reports said.

The British police are treating the incident as an act of terrorism, saying "a number of people" had been injured. "Terrorist incident declared at Parsons Green Underground Station," police said in a statement.

Several people are said to have suffered facial burns after a reported blast in a bucket towards the rear of the District Line train. Some commuters reportedly were trampled and suffered crush injuries in the rush to escape.

"We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green tube station. Officers are in attendance," London's Metropolitan Police had said on Twitter.

London Ambulance also tweeted a statement on the incident in which they said that they "have sent multiple resources to the scene".

The Parsons Green tube station was closed, as well as an entire section of the District Line where it is located.

London tube blast LIVE updates: Police identify suspect in Parsons Green terror attack; no arrests made so far

A blast on a train at Parsons Green station injured some people. Reuters

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said, "Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, September 15 to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of an incident on a tube train."

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police are in attendance along with the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. We would advise people to avoid the area," the spokesperson added.

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 also at the scene.

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.

A Metro reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train and passengers had suffered facial burns.

She said they were "really badly burned" and their "hair was coming off".

Twitter user @Rrigs posted pictures of a white bucket smouldering on a train.

Richard Aylmer-Hall, 52, a media technology consultant, described "panic" on the train.

"There was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming," he told the Press Association.

"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," he said.

"I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews," he said.

BBC correspondent Riz Lateef, who was at the station travelling to work, said there was "panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion.

"People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene. There was lots of panic."

London Fire Brigade said they were also at the scene and were called at 8.21 am (07.21 am GMT).

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Sep 15, 2017 22:11:00 IST

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