Explosion on London underground train, passengers suffer facial burns

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According to reports, Downing Street said that British Prime Minister Theresa May " was receiving regular updates" on the situation.

The MI5 intelligence service is assisting investigators and police said Londoners should expect extra security measures over the weekend.

They have cordoned off the area around the station in south-west London and are treating the incident as a terror attack.

"Officers are in attendance", London police said.

Witnesses described the train involved in the explosion as "absolutely packed".

29 people have been treated in hospital, most suffering with burns while others were injured in the stampede as passengers tried to flee the train carriage.

British media reported of pictures of a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, with wires trailing on to the carriage floor of the train.

It quickly became clear that the attack could have been much worse, as the "improvised explosive device" used appeared to have failed, at least partially.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan, said the city "utterly condemns the ugly individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life".

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"It happened just as we were pulling up to the Tube station so everyone just sort of piled out of the Tube, and there was a distinct smell of burning", one witness, identified only as Luke, told the BBC.

Otso Iho, a senior analyst at Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, said the latest attack showed a "continued high intent, but low capability" of the terrorism threat in Britain. Our city utterly condemns the ugly individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life.

President Donald Trump responded to the news via Twitter at 6:42 a.m. EST, calling those responsible for the attack "sick and demented people".

He added, loser terrorists should be dealt with in a tougher manner, including cutting off internet access to those who use it as a recruitment tool.

The police have stepped up the number of arrests and Thursday reported that terrorism-related arrests had risen 68 per cent over the past year.

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