Sadiq Khan has condemned “hideous” terrorism after today’s incident on a London Tube, adding: “We will never be defeated.”
The London mayor issued his first statement after an incident injured at least 20 people on a packed rush hour train in Parsons Green, west London.
Theresa May also speaks. The Prime Minister said in a statement: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident.”
Speaking further on his, Mr 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.
“My sincere gratitude goes to all our courageous emergency responders and the TfL staff who were first on the scene.
“I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant”.
At least 20 people are injured in Tube terror attack as home-made bucket bomb sends ‘fireball flying down train carriage’ amid reports of ‘second device’ and attacker is on the run.
An explosion on a Tube train at the height of rush hour today sent a ‘wall’ of fire through the carriage injuring at least 20 people in a suspected terror attack.
Terrified commuters ‘ran for their lives’ and were seen covered in blood with scorched faces and hair after the incident at Parsons Green station in west London at 8.20am.
Photographs from the District Line train show what experts believe is a ‘pretty unsophisticated’ bucket bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with wire protruding out of the top.
One witness in the carriage told the BBC there was a ‘bang’ and then a ‘wall of flames’, which engulfed the carriage, with pictures showing a burning plastic bucket stashed in a Lidl carrier bag.
Scotland Yard sources have said that it is being treated as terrorist incident but said could not confirm claims from the scene there is another bomb and the suspect is on the run.