Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parsons Green Tube Bomb Was Full of Shrapnel, Met Chief Reveals

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parsons Green Tube Bomb Was Full of Shrapnel, Met Chief Reveals

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

THE bomb that partially detonated on the Parsons Green Tube train was packed with explosives and shrapnel that would have had a far worse impact had it exploded fully, the head of Scotland Yard revealed today.

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "That was a very, very dangerous bomb, it partially detonated but it had a large quantity of explosives and it was packed with shrapnel. It could have been so much worse."

At least 30 people were injured when the home-made device sent a "wall of flame" through the carriage of the District line train in last Friday's rush hour. The majority suffered burn injuries but no one was seriously hurt.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Ms Dick said: "Thank goodness no one was killed at Parsons Green, though it must have been absolutely horrific for the people on the train."

She praised the "wonderful response" from the emergency services, adding that heavily armed officers were at the scene within minutes. …

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