At least 22 injured as improvised terrorist bomb explodes in underground train

Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London

A total of 22 people - including children - were injured in the explosion, with a lot of them suffering from "flash burns and are being treated in hospital, mostly for burn injuries".

Emergency services are responding to a Terrorist Attack at Parsons Green tube station in London, following an explosion on a train Friday morning.

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: "We were called at 8.21am (local time) and we have information there was a fire on a train eastbound at the platform at Parsons Green". The BBC posted a photo showing a white bucket in flames that was shared on Twitter by a commuter.

Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, she said there would be an increased armed police presence on the transport network in London.

President Trump strongly condemned the latest bombing to hit Europe, calling it another attack in London by a "loser terrorist".

The area surrounding the attack has been cordoned off and the Met Police advise people to avoid the area. The London Ambulance Service says none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

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The Metro reports that counter terror police and a bomb squad had been sent to the station after the explosion.

"There is a manhunt under way as we speak", London Mayor Sadiq Khan told LBC radio, urging Londoners to remain "calm and vigilant".

Six fire engines, two fire rescue unit and around 50 firefighters and specialist officers arrived at the scene at the Parsons Green station in Southwest London.

Witnesses described seeing passengers with burns to their faces and bodies coming off the crowded train, and seeing a fire or hearing an explosion.

Britain's official threat level from terrorism stands at "severe", the second-highest rung on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The police have stepped up the number of arrests and Thursday reported that terrorism-related arrests had risen 68 per cent over the past year.

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