London train explosion treated as terror incident; 18 people taken to hospital

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- Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of Britain's emergency response committee later on Friday, her office said.

Passengers reported seeing a device on the train at the Parsons Green station in south-west London and hearing a bang during the morning rush hour, reports the Guardian.

Most of the injuries were due to "flash burns", while others were wounded by the stampede as passengers ran out of the station in panic, he said. As a manhunt takes place across the capital, authorities have tightened security on all transport hubs, The New York Times reports.

Emergency services including police, fire and ambulance were called to the scene at around 8.20am after an improvised explosive device detonated in a carriage.

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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.

The Metropolitan Police have cordoned off the station and advised people to avoid the area as the carry out an investigation into the cause of the explosion.

Pictures and video posted on social media showed a flaming bucket - which is said to have had wires coming from it - inside a Lidl carrier bag on the floor of a carriage. The UK's current terror threat level is "severe", the second-highest level, which means "an attack is highly likely".

None of the 22 passengers who were taken to hospital are thought to have been seriously injured.

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The explosion happened on an eastbound District Line train, according to the BBC.

Police in London are treating an explosion on a packed commuter train Friday as a terror attack.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump urged the British police to be "pro-active" in tackling terrorism. The Muslim mayor said Londoners "will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism".

Almost two hours after the first reports of the explosion, authorities said they were treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

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