An “improvised explosive device” was detonated on a train in south-west London during Friday’s rush hour, according to Scotland Yard.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives, working with MI5, are investigating the morning rush hour blast, which took place at 8:20 local time at Parsons Green station.

Eighteeen people have been taken to hospital, mostly suffering from burn injuries.

The incident, which took place on an eastbound district line train from Wimbledon is being treated as terrorism, police said. The station, which is above ground, has been cordoned off.

Photos of a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, with wires trailing on to the carriage floor are being posted all over the internet as the cause of the blast.

Stephen Cowan, leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has described the attack as “disgusting” but praised the police and emergency services and appealed to the public for for calm. Speaking at the police cordon on Darlan Road, not far from where the Parsons Green attack happened, he said: “The police and all the emergency services have put in a very co-ordinated response. They were straight down there to reassure people and also to track down what had happened.

“It is being treated as a terrorist incident as you would expect, but I would stress that people should remain calm and the situation is completely under control. I think that people that express themselves through terror, its atrocious and is anti everything we stand for and they should be tracked down and dealt with in the severest possible terms. The real issue is that London is a vibrant city and people are living side by side and working well and living well together and we should never let anyone do anything that threatens that culture,” he said.

Cowan went on to denounce terrorism, saying, “Any terrorist attack is absolutely atrocious and a threat to the values we stand for, and it is disgusting what happened and that is why there has been a very co-ordinated response. The police and emergency services have once again acted extremely effectively and they have the area on lock down and they are dealing with the incident…We will never give in to this type of terrorism”

Police sources are now playing down fears of a coordinated attack across the London transport network. It is being treated as an isolated incident, but in light of the recent spate of terror attacks in London over the past year, how can one attack be seen as “isolated”?

On the train itself there is only one device being investigated, despite rumors of there being a second device, said police.

Sources also denied there was a knifeman on the train and said there was was no known further incident after the initial discovery of the IED.

Watching this latest attack unfold from Washington, President Trump observed how the terrorists “were in the sights of Scotland Yard.” He further noted, “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific,” before lamenting, “but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!

President Trump’s tweets when put together, read:  “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! 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! The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”

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