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Parsons Green station has re-opened after a bomb was detonated on a London Underground train, injuring 29 people. The improvised explosive device sent a fireball through a packed train carriage during Friday morning rush hour. Britain is currently on the highest terror alert, meaning another attack is expected imminently, and a manhunt is under way for the "suspects"
Parsons Green station has re-opened after a bomb was detonated on a London Underground train, injuring 29 people. The improvised explosive device sent a fireball through a packed train carriage during Friday morning rush hour. Britain is currently on the highest terror alert, meaning another attack is expected imminently, and a manhunt is under way for the "suspects".
As of 5.30pm on Friday, NHS England said it was now treating 21 patients. Eight others were discharged earlier in the day.
The Met Police say the area surrounding Parsons Green tube station has been evacuated whilst emergency services continue to work at the scene of this morning’s incident.
Police said the evacuation was needed while specialist officers secure the remnants of the improvised explosive device and ensure it is stable.
A small number of residents will be affected by the evacuation, which encompasses an area approximately 50 metres in radius, Scotland Yard said.
Parsons Green tube remains closed and the public are advised to continue to avoid the area.
"We are working hard with partners and the local community to minimise any disruption and would like to thank the public for their continued understanding and assistance at this time," the Met Police said in a statement.
Transport for London has confirmed that the District Line has been closed between Earl's Court and Wimbledon for the rest of the day.
Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the "cowardly" Parsons Green terror attack, saying it involved a device "clearly intended to cause significant harm".
She said the terror threat level would remain at severe - meaning an attack is highly likely - but would be kept under review as the investigation progresses.
Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee she said there would be an increased armed police presence on the transport network in London.
"The police and the security services are obviously doing all the work to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack," she said.
Police are working with Hammersmith and Fulham Council in opening a rest centre for people who have been affected or evacuated because of the explosion on a tube train at Parsons Green, which Scotland Yard is treating as a 'terrorist incident'.
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