Isis claims ‘bucket bombs’ attack on London underground, high threat level to ‘critical’

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Islamist group blamed a bomb attack on a London underground train on Friday, injuring at least 29 people.

“The bombing in a London subway was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic state,” it said in a statement issued by its propaganda agency Amaq.

An improvised explosive exploded on Friday in a crowded subway train at a London station, injuring at least 29 people in the fifth terrorist attack this year, which Prime Minister Theresa May said was “clearly intended to cause significant damage.”

The explosion, in a district tube in the southwest of the British capital, came when the train arrived at Parsons Green station. The passengers said they heard an explosion and saw a fireball inside the car when the “spoon pump” exploded.

Several people suffered facial burns, some were even trampled in a hurry to escape. But none of the wounds threatened life.

Photos of a burning white cube inside a supermarket bag, with cables crawling toward the floor of the train car turned viral into social media.

Investigators were examining what appears to be a circuit board recovered from the scene, news reports said.

Scotland Yard said it was a terrorist incident and that they “evaluated” an IED triggered the explosion. A hunt was for a suspect British media labeled as the “hub bomber”.

Prime Minister Theresa May returned to London to chair a meeting of the government emergency response committee. She described the incident as a “cowardly attack” and said that the national threat level had risen one level to its highest, “critical” level.