Blast at Parsons Green station causes panic, leaves many injured

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 15 September 2017| 24 Dhul Hijjah 1438

London’s Metropolitan Police and ambulance services are confirming they are at the scene of “an incident” at the Parsons Green Underground station in the southwest of the capital.

London Transport says services have been cut along the line amid reports on social media of the station’s evacuation.

A blast at the station on Friday left some passengers with facial burns at the station, London’s Metro newspaper reported on its website.

A woman at the underground train station told Reuters news agency that she was injured in a stampede.

Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego, reporting from London, said reports suggest several people were injured but it was “unclear whether it had to do with the stampede or incident”.

“It’s a rush hour in London and the stations are filled to the brim with people so it seems like it was a chaotic scene,” she said.

“There seems to be some kind of crude device in a plastic bag that exploded but emergency services are still evaluating.”

Flames engulfed one carriage and raced along a train on a west London route to Parsons Green, forcing passengers to trample others as they rushed for an exit, an eyewitness told Reuters.

The man said people were trampled on when they fled the train after hearing a whoosh and seeing flames race towards them.

He said he did not hear a bang after police rushed to an incident at the station at Parsons Green.

“I just heard a kind of whoosh. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me,” he told Reuters news agency, adding that the train was packed with people.

Source – Al Jazeera