Controlled explosion, terror probe after London Tube incident

  • 21/10/2016

British police have carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious item found on a train at a London underground station and say counter-terrorism officers have launched an investigation.

Police were called shortly after 10am on Thursday after rail staff reported finding the item on a train at North Greenwich underground station, near the Canary Wharf financial district and close to the O2 entertainment centre.

A controlled detonation was carried out to make the item safe and officers from London's Counter Terrorism Command have taken the lead in the investigation, police said.

"We're keeping an open mind at the moment," a spokesperson for the British Transport Police said, declining to give any further details about why police suspected a possible terrorism link.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of "severe", meaning an attack is considered highly likely.

The Jubilee underground line was partially closed for more than four hours because of the incident, but North Greenwich station remained closed while more inquiries were carried out.