Terror Attack On London Tube, 18 Minor Injuries

The New York Times reports:

Britain was hit by another terrorist attack on Friday morning, when a crude device exploded on a crowded London Underground train, injuring several commuters, sowing panic, disrupting service and drawing a heavy response from armed police officers and emergency workers.

The explosion occurred at 8:20 a.m. on a District Line train as it left the Parsons Green station in Southwest London. “This was a detonation of an improvised explosive device,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, a top counterterorrism official, said at a news conference. He urged anyone who saw what had happened, or had taken photos or videos of the bombing, to come forward.

The authorities immediately beefed up security around the transit system, as hundreds of police officers and detectives combed the scene for clues. At least 18 people were taken to hospitals. Several of them were apparently injured as panicked commuters fled. None had life-threatening injuries.