Attack on Parsons Green tube station
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A bomb, injuring 30 people, was detonated in an underground train in Parsons Green, London on Friday, September 15. Following the attack, the UK terror threat level was raised to “critical” and eventually lowered to “severe” on Sunday.
Wrapped in a plastic bag and carried in a bucket, the bomb detonated at 8:20am on Friday. A few hours later, The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.
Saturday, September 16, The British police reported the arrest of an 18-year-old man suspected of planting the Tube bomb. Later that night, a second arrest was made of a 21-year-old on suspicion of a terror offence.
Kiani Hildebrandt, a Westmont student who is currently studying abroad in Northern Europe wrote, “God was definitely watching over the entire Westmont In Northern Europe group, as all of us were leaving London that morning the bomb went off. The fact that we had just been at a tube station 30 minutes before (the bombing) still blows my mind.”
13-year-old Alex Ojeda-Sierra was on the train and is being treated for bruises and sprains after he tripped and was crushed by fleeing passengers. Among other injuries, one passenger was carried on a stretcher after being severely burned.
The police sealed streets surrounding the bombing location and evacuated local residents. One resident of Parsons Green, Barry Sutton, commented, “The police are going house to house behind the tape, evacuating people. There was no sense of panic, but there were a lot of police; it was a proper operation.” Additionally, hundreds of soldiers were deployed to strategic sites around the country.
London mayor, Sadiq Khan said, “’Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life… As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.” Prime Minister Theresa May called the blast a “cowardly attack,” reported The New York Times.
This bombing makes the fifth terrorist attack in Great Britain during this year alone. Of the people who have attacked Britain this year, three had been on law enforcement officials’ radar. British security services constantly monitor about 500 people, and European Union officials state that the number of Islamist extremists in Britain could be 50 times that which they monitor.
Prime Minister May’s government has introduced new security proposals, including erecting barriers to prevent terrorist attacks in public spaces and introducing new nets laced with tungsten-steel spurs that can stop vehicles on roadways if they are being used to attack citizens.
The Home Office of Britain has announced that they have increased the arrests of people related to terrorism offenses by 70 percent, arresting a record of 379 people in the past few months.