ISIS Claims Responsibility for London Subway Bomb Blast


London: Armed police close to Parsons Green station in west London after an explosion on a packed London Underground train, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. AP/PTI(AP9_15_2017_000139A)

The Sahafi jihadist militant group ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed that a “detachment” from their terrorist organisation was responsible for the bomb blast at a London Subway on September 15 which injured at least 29 people.

The announcement was posted in the group’s propaganda page Amaq News Agency.

According to Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Special Operations of the Metropolitan Police, the explosion was caused by an improvised device that was packed tightly in a white builder’s bucket. The explosion cut through the Tube train at Parson’s Green Tube station.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner shared his opinion that the attack was a failure and could have resulted in more injuries, destruction and death.

Despite the pronouncement of ISIS, many security experts are not entirely convinced it was the work of the notorious terror group.

Radicalisation expert at Kings College London Shiraz Maher found it unusual and outside the norm for ISIS to claim responsibility for the bomb blast before a suspect was captured.

There were also reports attributed to ISIS which stated other bombs in the area were scheduled to go off but didn’t.

NBC News maintained that ISIS did not provide evidence that they were behind the London Subway attack.

Suspicions on the authenticity of the claims did not deter ISIS sympathizers from celebrating the bomb blast. One radical supporter referred to the bombers as “Europe Bros” while another justified the act by tweeting “God willed it”.

British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror alert in London from “severe” to “critical” which is its highest level. Prime Minister May assured the citizens there would be more security and military forces present in the streets.

The U.K. Independent reported that a suspect in the bombing had already been identified although no arrests have been made.

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