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Several people including children have been hurt after a blast aboard a packed London Underground train, that police say was a terror attack, reported Sky News (UK).

Witnesses reported seeing a number of casualties "covered in blood", after an explosion on a busy commuter carriage at Parsons Green Underground station, near Fulham, southwest London during rush hour.

While some victims suffered burns, others are said to have been hurt in the ensuing panic as people fled.

St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, one of four major trauma centres in the capital, has declared a major incident with staff on stand-by ready to deal with the injured.
Terror police are at the scene along with other members of the emergency services.

The ambulance service said it had sent a hazardous area response team to the incident.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appealed for calm and vowed London "will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism".

Prime Minister Theresa May was "receiving regular updates" on the situation and was to lead a meeting of the Government's emergency COBRA committee later.

School children could be seen being evacuated from a train following the incident.
The authorities said there was no service between Earls Court and Wimbledon on the District Line.

Witness Luke Walmsley said people suffered hand, foot and head injuries in "the stampede" that followed the blast.

He told Sky News: "It was sort of every man for himself when that happened. The burn victims had severe leg injuries and no sign of clothing, it was just torn through."

"It was a very busy commuter train, young and old, school children going to their schools.

"One of the most daunting images I saw was nannies trying to look for kids. Because of the rush, people were just taking five and six-year-olds away from them and they were trying to look for them."

Passenger Chris Wildish said he saw flames coming from a bucket aboard the train along with "a strong smell of chemicals".

He told Sky news he had seen a lot of people with burn injuries while others had been hurt as they tried to flee the train.

Mr Wildish said: "I saw some very distressed children. Very distressed ladies and one, slightly older gentleman, had very bad burns around his face."

Media technology consultant Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, who was on the train, told Sky News: "There were a few crush injuries on the stairs.
"People got squashed and crushed going down the stairs."

Natasha Wills, of London Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 8.20am to reports of an incident at Parsons Green underground station.

"We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team, with the first of our medics arriving in less than five minutes.

"Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries. More information will follow when we have it."

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London police and ambulances descended upon a subway station Friday after a reported explosion on a train standing at the platform, and a witness said commuters stampeded down the stairs to escape, reported Boston Herald (US).

A commuter whose train was stopped at Parsons Green station says there was panic after a woman saw what appeared to be an explosion. A photo taken at the scene showed what appeared to be a burning pail inside a train. The commuter, Richard Aylmer-Hall, said he saw several people injured, apparently trampled as they fled.

"There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off," he said. "Some people got pushed over and trampled on, I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews."

The ambulance service said multiple crews had been dispatched to the above-ground station.

London's Metropolitan Police and ambulance services confirmed "an incident" at the Parsons Green subway station in the southwest of the capital. The underground operator said services have been cut along the line.

The incident comes as tensions are high in London, which has been struck repeatedly by extremist attacks this year.

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