London Subway Blast Investigated As 'Terrorist Incident'

Police officers walk with a dog within a cordon near where an incident happened that police say they are investigating as a terrorist attack at Parsons Green subway station in London Friday Sept. 15 2017. A bucket wrapped in an insulated bag caught

He says: "It now seems there was a detonation of an improvised explosive device".

The U.K. government's emergency committee, COBRA, is set to meet at 1 p.m. London time.

- Some people suffered burns while others injured in a stampede to escape, witnesses said.

Sky news, citing unnamed sources, reported that the device did not fully explode. The train vehicle itself does not appear extensively damaged. "It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now under way by the Met's counter-terrorism command".

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A witness told Reuters that there were six ambulances, fire engines and a helicopter at the Parsons Green station. Police are treating what they originally called a "security situation" at the southwest station at Parsons Green as a terrorism incident.

Photos taken inside a District Line train show a white plastic bucket inside a supermarket shopping bag.

Police said they were aware of reports on social media and said they would release facts regarding the incident once they could be sure of their accuracy.

The threat level was last raised to "critical" following the Manchester Arena bombing in May, when 23 people, including the attacker, were killed as they exited a concert by U.S. popstar Ariana Grande.

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Police report several people suffered severe burns after flames swept through the vehicle, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The London Ambulance Service said 18 people have been taken to hospital, and four more reached there on their own. "They will see over the course of today, and the next few days, an enhanced police presence not only on our public transport network but also across London".

President Trump weighed in on the attack on Twitter, calling the terrorist a "loser". "These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard".

The Friday blast came after four deadly attacks in London this year - Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, and one in Manchester at a concert of USA pop singer Ariana Grande.

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