Parsons Green attack trial: ISIS lad's 'Amazon bomb kit'

  • Parsons Green attack trial: ISIS lad's 'Amazon bomb kit'

Parsons Green attack trial: ISIS lad's 'Amazon bomb kit'

A teenage asylum seeker who set off a bomb on a rush-hour Tube train used a £20 token that he was given at a school prize-giving to pay for the chemicals used in the device, a court was told.

Many commuters suffered serious burns or were crushed in the stampede after the blast during the morning rush hour, at Parsons Green station in southwest London.

Some 93 passengers scrambled to get off the District Line train after a wall of flames engulfed their carriage during rush hour on September 15 past year, with witnesses describing a fireball melting clothes, singeing hair, and causing awful burns.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan told the court that sharpnel was meant to fly out of the device when it detonate, and Hassan hoped this would cause "maximum harm and carnage to those in the surrounding area".

The court in London has heard that the homemade device only partially exploded, and the knives, screws, nails and bolts that had been packed around it were not not expelled across the train.

The teenager denied he had come to Europe on their behalf and said militants "forced" him to go with them as they advanced through Iraq and threatened to kill his family if he refused.

"Had the device fully detonated, it is inevitable that serious injury and significant damage would have been caused within the carriage".

The Iraqi-born teenager is said to have prepared the attack while his foster parents were away on holiday between September 1 and September 8 a year ago.

Hassan claimed asylum when he arrived in Britain on the back of a truck travelling through the Channel Tunnel from France, saying he was in fear of Islamic State.

He researched online how to make explosives, ordering an ingredient on Amazon and using a friend's address to take delivery of the largest component.

The 18-year-old is alleged to have travelled from his home in Sunbury, Surrey, to Wimbledon station and used the privacy of a toilet to set the timer on the explosive device.

A bucket on fire on a tube train at Parsons Green station in west London last September.

Ms Morgan told jurors: "At any point, should he have wanted to, he could have stopped the timer". He could have stopped the detonation.

CCTV played to the jury of the incident showed a large fireball engulfing the carriage and people ducking from the flames.

One passenger, Jelena Semenjuk, said she noticed a bag on the floor and a man fitting Mr Hassan's before she heard a "loud bang" and noticed her coat was on fire.

She added that there were 93 people in the carriage when the bomb exploded.

Another victim, Aimee Colville, described a "wall of glass" coming towards her.

Hassan searched the BBC website for news of the bombing as he fled to Dover after changing into a Chelsea shirt.

The 18-year-old is charged with attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion.