Here's the latest information on the London Underground Bombing
This morning at 8:20 am, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the London Underground, on a train departing the Parsons Green station. 22 people have been hospitalized for their injuries, and no one has been killed. "Walking wounded" people were spotted all throughout the area by medical workers, mostly with minor wounds or burns. Thankfully it appears that the bomb has not taken lives, though the extent of serious injury is unknown. No suspect has yet been apprehended.
Natalie Belford, a 42-year-old hairdresser, described the experience of the explosion: “The train was packed, and I was down [on] the other side of the carriage standing up, looking at my phone and then I heard a big boom and felt this heat on my face. I ran for my life, but there was no way out. The doors were full of people and the carriage was too packed to move down.”
The footage below, of a flaming bucket, has gained much attention on social media. It is quite large, so whoever left it on the train would be hard-pressed to have gone entirely unnoticed.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, took to Facebook to deliver a public statement:
"The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the explosion on a train at Parsons Green Station this morning is being treated as terrorism.
"Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life.
"As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism."
As Khan said, the attack is indeed being considered an act of terrorism. This would make it the fifth terror attack in London this year, following multiple van and knife attacks, as well as a suicide bombing.
President Trump has been vocal on Twitter since the explosion, calling out 'loser' terrorists in his typical fashion.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was lukewarm on Trump's statement, saying that “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”
Trump went on to say that the attack proves the need for his 'travel ban'.
It is true that many terror suspects are fingered and profiled by intelligence agencies prior to their attacks. The Boston bombers, famously, had already been interviewed multiple times by the FBI ahead of their decision to bomb the Boston marathon.
The city of London remains on a "heightened police presence" in the wake of the bombing.
A 23-year-old student told The New York Times how he felt at the time of the explosion:
“I had my headphones on, then I felt a kind of vibration, followed by a wave of heat, and I looked down and the whole carriage was in flames. I just got up and ran, but the carriage door was jammed with people. Everyone was screaming and trying to get out, people had blood on them everyone was pushing. It was like a stampede.
“I didn’t see any suspicious-looking people, or the bucket that’s on the media. I just saw flames and you think the worst. You think bomb. Terrorism.”
We will update as more information becomes available, such as the identity of the bomber.