Suspect identified in London train blast

A woman wrapped in blankets is being escorted out of a London tube station by emergency services near the scene of an explosion. Photo: Sky via AP

British security services have identified a suspect involved in the ISIS-backed train blast in southwest London Friday, per Reuters. The explosion took place around 8:20 a.m. local time at the height of rush hour on Parsons Green District line, a busy commuter train. At least 29 people were hospitalized in relation to the attack, which is being investigated by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, SO15.

  • On Friday evening (local time), Prime Minister Theresa May raised the U.K. terror threat level to "critical" after initially stating that the level would remain at "severe." May added in her televised statement that there will be a heavier police and military presence on the streets in the coming days.
  • President Trump said Friday that the attack was "a terrible thing — just keeps going and going" and reiterated his earlier comments suggesting the government has not been tough enough when cracking down on terrorism: "We have to be tougher. We have to be smarter."
  • Bottom line: This marks the fifth major terrorist attack in the U.K. this year.