Explosion hits London underground train

Explosion hits London underground train, reports. Several people have been injured in an explosion at a London train station on Friday morning (local time).

Armed police are at the scene. Police say London Underground train incident being treated as terrorist attack.

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18 people have been taken to hospital following the Parsons Green explosion, the London Ambulance Service says.

Several people were injured at a London underground station on Friday after witnesses reported a blast on a packed rush-hour commuter train which police were treating as a terrorism incident.

“It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command,” London police said in a statement.

Authorities are said to be deactivating a second device found at the scene where several commuters were injured after an explosion.

Met police refused to comment, saying there was “an incident” at the London tube station.

Several bomb disposal experts are at the scene amid fears there could be a second bomb.

UK police investigate reports of blast on London underground train.

Reuters — Heavily armed police rushed to an incident at a London underground station on Friday with local media reporting there had been an explosion on a train.

A Reuters witness could see six ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter at Parsons Green station in West London where the Metro newspaper reported that passengers had suffered facial burns from a blast and others had been hurt in a subsequent stampede.

Outside the station, a woman was sitting on a pavement with a bandage around her leg while armed police patrolled. A Reuters witness saw a woman being carried off on a stretcher with her legs covered in a foil blanket.

“We are aware of an incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station. Officers are in attendance,” London police said on Twitter.

Police said they were aware of reports on social media and would release facts regarding the incident once they could be sure of their accuracy.

London Ambulance and Fire Brigade said paramedics and firefighters were present.

Police and emergency services at Parsons Green station after explosion and injuries reported on London Tube.

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An explosion has taken place on the London Underground, according to reports on social media.

Posts on Twitter said that a “bag exploded” at Parsons Green, a station on the District Line.

The Metropolitan Police said they would offer a statement shortly.

There a reports of people fleeing the scene screaming with a Metro reporter saying people are “really badly burned” adding that “their hair was coming off”.

A picture believed to have been taken on a District Line train shows a burning plastic bucket.

The blast appears to have come from the contents of a Lidl bag left by the tube carriage door.

Train services through the area have been halted with commuters reporting a “security incident”.

An onlooker tweeted: “Huge police presence at Parsons Green. Was told by a police officer to “get somewhere safe as quickly as I can.”

The Met Police said: “We are aware of an incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station. Officers are in attendance. More info ASAP”.

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.21am and we have information there was a fire on a train eastbound at the platform at Parsons Green. We have got two fire engines there.”

The District Line Twitter feed reported: “We are investigating an incident at Parsons Green. Customers travelling btn Wimbledon & Earl’s Court are advised to use alternative routes.”