ISIS claims responsibility for London tube explosion

12:28 PM | 16 Sep, 2017
ISIS claims responsibility for London tube explosion

LONDON -  The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a blast on a train on the London underground network that injured 22 people on Friday, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said.

"A security source to Amaq: The bombing of the IED in the London tube was carried out by a unit affiliated with the Islamic State." said the agency in a statement.

The British authorities have sprung into action to track the plotters behind the explosion that stirred panic among Londoners prompting a raise in threat level to the maximum by Theresa May.

The Prime Minister said military personnel would replace police officers "on guard duties at certain protected sites which are not accessible to the public".

She said: "The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection.

"This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses."

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Amaq presented no proof of ISIS' involvement in bucket bomb explosion at Parsons Green station, which earlier claimed responsibility for Manchester attacks.

Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley expressed that they were chasing down suspects while taking in stride ISIS' claims.

"It is very routine in these sort of circumstances for IS to claim responsibility, whether or not they have had any previous engagement with the individuals involved," Rowley said.

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that the Parsons Green tube was fully operational.