Authorities have confirmed that a homemade bomb exploded on a packed London subway train this morning, leaving 22 people injured.
Police have confirmed that the explosion was a terrorist attack, the fifth to occur in Britain this year.
During rush hour this morning, commuters reported a noise and a flash aboard the District Line train at Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city. This was then followed by sheer chaos as hundreds of people, including schoolchildren, rushed to get away from the unknown danger.
“I ended up squashed on the staircase, people were falling over, people fainting, crying, there were little kids clinging on to the back of me,” Ryan Barnett, 25, said of the “absolute chaos” as people tried to leave the station.
Police say that those injured have mostly suffered from “flash burns" from the explosion on the train, which at capacity can hold up to 800 passengers.
Photos were taken of the homemade bomb inside the train following the incident, which shows a white plastic bucket inside a foil-lined shopping bag. Flames and what appear to be wires emerging from the plastic bucket can also be seen in the photo.
Authorities have given no information about potential suspects, saying “It’s very much a live investigation.” Forensic officers have thoroughly combed the scene for clues and detectives examined surveillance camera footage in an attempt to get a glimpse at who planted the bomb.
For those currently in London or traveling there soon, stay safe.