Earlier today, an explosion was reported from Parsons Green, an Underground station in London, United Kingdom. The blast occurred around 8:20 this morning and the source appears to come from a homemade bomb, which Metropolitan Police commissioner Mark Rowley referred to as an improvised explosive device (IED). There are at least 22 victims who have been injured during the attack, and according to the London ambulance service (LAS), there are no fatalities or life-threatening injuries. The Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police (BTP) are on the scene and have launched an investigation.
This terrible attack in London is yet another on the public transport system which many other cities around the world have unfortunately had to face in recent years. Being the main means of mobility around a city for most of its inhabitants, it is truly a way of life. Public transport constantly needs to upgrade its security system, which is a difficult and very demanding job, to protect this way of life. The people of public transport—the employees, operators, and passengers—are at the heart of our concern.
UITP expresses its deepest sympathies to our member Transport for London (TFL) and to all those who have been affected by this tragic event.