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Parsons Green blast being treated as a terrorist attack

DANGER: The blast sent a "fireball" and "wall of flame" through a packed train

THE PARSONS Green tube explosion is being treated as a terror attack, Scotland Yard have confirmed.

A device, thought to be home made, detonated on the London Underground train during rush hour at approximately 8.20am (GMT).

Hundreds of commuters and school children were on board.

Some eye witnesses claimed to see at least one passenger with facial injuries. Others have described a sense of "panic" as alarmed passengers fled Parsons Green station. At least 18 people have been injured.

Passenger Peter Crowley, who was in the carriage when the explosion happened, told BBC News that he was burned by a "a really intense fireball above my head" and further commented: "There were people a lot worse than me."

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the incident.

Downing Street have advised that May is "receiving regular updates". London Mayor Sadiq Khan will also be attending the meeting.

He said: "I am in close contact with the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, Government and other emergency services who are responding at the scene and leading the investigation. I will be attending the emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall this afternoon with the Prime Minister.

"As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism."

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