Explosion in London Subway Considered Terror Attack; Update: Second Device?

Posted: Sep 15, 2017 7:00 AM
Explosion in London Subway Considered Terror Attack; Update: Second Device?

Update: There are reports that police found a second device and are working to defuse it. 

Original Post: An explosion at a London subway station Friday injured at least 18 people, many with facial burns, in what police are calling a terror attack. 

Photos from inside the station show a white bucket inside a shopping bag with flames and what seemed to be wires coming out.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack in a statement Friday. 

“Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life,” he said. "As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism."

One witness also said people were injured from being trampled after the explosion. 

Police said it was "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."

The London Ambulance Service said it was called at 8:20 a.m. local time and dispatched multiple resources to the scene, including a hazardous area response team.

“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries,” a statement read.

Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, who was on the train when the blast occurred, said he saw people injured after being trampled.

"There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off,” he said. “Some people got pushed over and trampled on, I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews.” (Fox News)

President Trump weighed in on the attack on Twitter, calling the terrorist a “loser.”

“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!” he wrote.

“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!”

He also used the incident to briefly discuss the travel ban. 

“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” he wrote.