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Parsons Green: Tube bomb 'designed to cause carnage'

Parsons Green: Tube bomb 'designed to cause carnage'

Ahmed Hassan, 18, denies attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life
A bomb planted on a London Underground train in September last year was designed to cause "maximum harm and carnage", a court has heard.Commuters fled in "fear and panic" when the train was engulfed by a "large fireball" at Parsons Green, a jury was told.Ahmed Hassan, 18, is accused of planting a bomb on the District Line carriage on September 15, 2017.He denies attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life.Thirty people were injured in the incident, the Old Bailey was told.
'Fear and panic'
Prosecutor Alison Morgan told the jurors that Mr Hassan, an Iraqi asylum seeker, packed a bomb with screwdrivers, knives and nails to cause "maximum carnage" on the rush hour Tube.She said: "There were approximately 93 people in the carriage when the device detonated."The partial explosion created a large fireball. Some in the carriage were caught by the flames and sustained significant burns. "Many ran in fear and panic. They were fortunate . Had the device fully detonated, it is inevitable that serious injury and significant damage would have been caused within the carriage."
Thirty people were injured when the device exploded on the train
The jury was shown CCTV pictures from inside the train showing a fireball engulfing the carriage as people ducked from the flames.The court heard that hundreds of people tried to get down the narrow staircase and out of the station following the explosion.But Mr Hassan had got off the carriage at Putney Bridge Station before the bomb went off. He was arrested at the Port of Dover the next day.Ms Morgan said the device was made from the volatile chemical explosive TATP and contained 2.2kg of sockets, screws, bolts, nails, knives and screwdrivers.
Asylum seeker
Jurors were told that Mr Hassan arrived in Britain in the back of a lorry via the Channel Tunnel in October 2015.He told authorities he was born in June 1999 in Iraq, but had no identity documents. Mr Hassan claimed asylum, and from 2016 lived with foster parents in Cavendish Road, Sunbury in Surrey. At the time he allegedly planned his attack, his asylum claim was still outstanding, the court heard.
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