London underground station evacuated; suspicious device detonated

LONDON, Britain’s Metropolitan Police launched a counter-terrorism investigation Thursday after police detonated a “suspicious item” discovered in a London underground train.

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Scotland Yard launched a counter-terrorism investigation after police detonated a “suspicious item” discovered in a London underground train station. Photo from London Metropolitan Police

British police were called to the North Greenwich station after train staff reported finding a suspicious item on a train travelling eastbound on the Jubilee Line. The station was evacuated and a “controlled detonation” was carried out. The station, which closed at 11 a.m. local time, remained closed much of the day.
“While we are keeping an open mind, the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation because it has the expertise to deal with incidents of this kind. British Transport Police is supporting them in their investigation,” authorities said.

Authorities urged the public to “remain vigilant and alert at all times and report anything suspicious to police.”

The current threat level for international terrorism in the United Kingdom is severe, which means an attack is highly likely.

By Amy R. Connolly