London Police Issues Anti-Terror Hotline After IS Claims London Metro Attack

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| September 16 , 2017 , 12:05 IST

The international terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) has claimed the responsibility for the terror attack on Parsons Green underground station on Friday that left the entire country in shock.

IS's propaganda news agency Amaq made a statement saying, "The bombing on a metro in London was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic State."

British Prime Minister Theresa May also made a statement condemning the terror attack on Friday and alarming the country that the terror threat level has raised to a critical point, meaning another terror attack is imminent.

The Prime Minister said that her government has decided to ramp up the terror threat level to the highest possible level from "severe to critical", after the IS organised an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in the London Metro during rush-hour.

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At least 29 people, including a young boy, were injured when the bomb sent a ball of fire on a packed carriage of a District Line train at Parsons Green subway station.

London police had on Friday said that the home-made explosive device with timer, partially detonated in the morning rush-hour blast in a subway station in London.

“Now that the threat level has increased, we will be deploying a number of additional officers throughout the national rail network. Our officers have been given specialist training in counter-terrorism policing – including behavioural awareness skills. This means that their day-to-day policing role is keenly focussed on keeping passengers and staff as safe as possible,” said Assistant Chief Constable and head of Specialist Operations at BTP Alun Thomas.

While a massive hunt for the perpetrator is under way, London police has also called upon the people to provide information that may help them identify the bomber. The police have also issued some guidelines and an anti-terrorist hotline.