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On the morning of Sept. 15, an explosion occurred on a London Underground train during rush hour, and authorities are treating the incident as a terror attack. Here’s what we know so far about the incident:
- Authorities arrived on the scene 8:20 a.m. London time, or 6:20 a.m PT, and have confirmed to the BBC that 22 people were injured in the blast, which took place at Parsons Green station.
- No arrests have yet been made. Scotland Yard has made a public appeal asking that witnesses to the attack and its aftermath upload photos and video to their website so they can review them.
- Prime Minister Theresa May has blasted the attacks as “cowardly” and said they were clearly meant to “cause significant harm.”
- Photos of the device circulating on social media appeared to show a white plastic bucket with wires protruding from it in flames:
— Sylvain Pennec (@sylvainpennec) September 15, 2017
- A source told CNN there was a timer on the bomb, which suggests that whoever planted it hoped to cause major damage.
- Some witnesses say being caught in the crush of people was the most terrifying part of the attack. “I had fears of actually being crushed underfoot,” Sally Faulting told CNN. “I remember thinking ‘get up, get up, get up,’ because I was stumbling over other people who had fallen.”
- Donald Trump tweeted about the incident, referring to the as-of-now unknown attacker as a “loser terrorist” and seemingly laying some blame on Scotland Yard, claiming they were “in the sights” of the law enforcement agency ahead of the attack. In an interview later that morning, Prime Minister May framed Trump’s comments as unhelpful.
Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
- This is the fifth terror attack in the UK in 2017 so far.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
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