Parsons Green train bombing

terrorism-related explosion on a train at Parsons Green tube station, London, England on 15 September 2017

On 15 September 2017, at around 8:20 am BST (07:20 UTC), an explosion occurred on a District line train at Parsons Green tube station, in London, England. Twenty-nine people were injured and later treated in hospital. The main injuries were burn injuries.[2][3] The incident is being treated by the Metropolitan Police as a terrorist attack.[3] It was one of several attacks to occur on British soil in 2017 which are being treated as terrorism.

Parsons Green train bombing
Part of Islamic terrorism in Europe[1]
Police on Parsons Green, following the bombing
Date15 September 2017 (2017-09-15)
8:20 am (BST)
WeaponsImprovised explosive device
WebsiteMetropolitan Police incident page

The bomber had placed the device in a white plastic bucket inside a shopping bag, according to images and videos posted on social media just after the attack. Wires were visible hanging out, as well as a black towel. Reports also indicate the device had a timer attached.[4]

In a statement after the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and the emergency services who, once again, are responding swiftly and bravely to a suspected terrorist incident."[5]


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  2. "Tube blast is terror incident, say police". 15 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017 – via
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rawlinson, Kevin; Siddique, Haroon; Dodd, Vikram (15 September 2017). "London tube explosion: District line device was homemade bomb, say police". Retrieved 15 September 2017 – via
  4. "Bucket that exploded into flames on Parsons Green Tube: PICTURED | Metro News". 25 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. "Explosion on tube train at Parsons Green treated as terrorism by police".