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Parsons Green Tube bomber Ahmed Hassan convicted of attempted murder

Parsons Green Tube bomber Ahmed Hassan, 18, has been convicted at the Old Bailey of attempted murder Photo: PA

Parsons Green Tube bomber Ahmed Hassan, 18, has been convicted at the Old Bailey of attempted murder.

The Iraqi teenager has been found guilty of attempted murder after planting a homemade bomb on a crowded rush-hour London underground train.

Ahmed Hassan, an asylum seeker, was convicted after a device he built partially detonated at Parsons Green in west London in September last year.

Thirty people were injured after a fireball swept through the carriage, burning passengers’ skin, hair and clothing.

He made his device with 400g of volatile "Mother of Satan" explosives packed in a bucket with 2.2kg of screwdrivers, knives, nuts and bolts.

The Old Bailey heard he wanted to cause "maximum" carnage to avenge the death of his father, who was blown up in Iraq more than 10 years before.

Hassan denied it, saying he only wanted to make a fire to fulfil a "fugitive fantasy" to be chased by Interpol which was inspired by action films.

But judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told him: "Ahmed Hassan, you have been found guilty by this jury at the Old Bailey of attempted murder on overwhelming evidence. I am now going to discuss with counsel the arrangements and timings for sentencing you."

Hassan sat with head bowed and gave no reaction to his conviction.

On the morning of September 15 last year, he left his home and caught a train to Wimbledon carrying his bomb inside a Lidl bag.

Hassan was captured on CCTV going into the station toilets, where he set the bomb to blow in 15 minutes, before boarding the District line.

He got off the train one stop before the bomb partially exploded on the floor of the carriage at Parsons Green.