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United Kingdom terror threat level raised to critical

16 September 2017

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

London police say they are "chasing down suspects" in their investigation to determine who is responsible for the rush-hour bomb attack on a city subway. "At present we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries", the police said in a statement.

An improvised explosive device was detonated on a London underground train on Friday morning, injuring 29 people in what police say was a terrorist incident.

Twenty-nine people have been treated in hospitals, mostly for burns, though at least eight have now been discharged.

The news came as the Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for Friday's incident.

The London Ambulance Service said none of the victims "are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition".

Last year Damon Smith, a student, left a knapsack filled with explosives and ball bearings on a London subway train.

Almost two hours after the first reports of the explosion, authorities said they were treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

London's Metropolitan Police Force, known as the Met or Scotland Yard, announced two hours after the incident that they were declaring the train explosion as a terrorist attack.

The frustration reached the highest level of British politics, with Prime Minister Theresa May telling the BBC: "I never think it is helpful for anyone to speculate".

"I also saw people injured obviously from having been stampeded on the platform because we were all running", she said. Wires can be seen sticking out of the bucket.

The perpetrators were killed at the scene in all of the attacks.

British Foreign Secretary and former London mayor Boris Johnson appealed for calm.

Trump followed minutes later with more tweets that talked about the fight against terrorism and his administration's efforts to do so. He added that the terrorists "were in the sights of Scotland Yard", adding that "loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner".

United Kingdom terror threat level raised to critical