London Parsons Green IED ‘similar to Boston Marathon bomb,’ only partially detonated

Friday, September 15, 2017
By Paul Martin
15 Sep, 2017

Police have confirmed the explosion on a packed rush hour tube train at Parsons Green underground station, which injured 18 people, was caused by an “improvised explosive device.”

The Metropolitan Police Terrorism Command confirmed they were investigating. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the IED did not fully detonate.

Rowley said it was understood that “most” of the 18 injured were suffering from “flash burns.”

He added that hundreds of detectives are involved in the investigation, including scouring CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses.

Domestic intelligence agency MI5 is supporting the police investigation, he said.

Images show a white bucket – seemingly with wires trailing from it – inside what appears to be a Lidl supermarket freezer bag.

Investigators say the device did not fully detonate.

Witnesses have told of an “extremely heavy police presence” and “quite a few people injured” potentially including facial burns. A number of injuries stemmed from a crush of people trying to leave the station.

The incident is being treated as terrorism-related, the Metropolitan Police said.

Armed police are at the station and surrounding homes are being evacuated.

The homemade device is believed to be the same type that was used in the Boston Marathon bombings. Experts believe the device was some kind of crude “pressure cooker bomb” that did not detonate properly.

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