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UK raises its terror alert level to 'critical'


British officials have raised the country's terrorism threat level to "critical' -- meaning another attack is expected shortly.
Prime Minister Theresa May acted on the recommendation of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center after the subway train bombing attack Friday at the Parsons Green station in southwest London. The analysis includes security services, police and government agencies.
The threat was raised from "severe" to "critical" -- its highest possible level.
A manhunt is under way after the improvised explosive device was detonated on a crowded subway car, injuring at least 29 people.
May said military troops would augment the police presence in a "proportionate and sensible step."Health officials say the number of people injured in the London subway bombing has risen to 22.

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Eighteen were taken to hospitals by ambulance, and four more presented themselves at hospitals.

None of the injuries is thought to be serious or life-threatening.

The National Health Service says the patients are being treated at four London hospitals and clinics.

Police say the blast at Parsons Green station was caused by an improvised explosive device. 

U.S. President Donald Trump is calling a fire at a London subway station another attack "by a loser terrorist" and suggesting police there may have missed an opportunity to prevent it.  He also is suggesting that the government cut off internet access to extremist groups.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!"

He later added: "Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!"

The London Ambulance Service says 18 people have been taken to hospitals with injuries, not thought to be life-threatening.

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Police say the fire on a London subway train was caused by the detonation of an improvised explosive device.

Police say it was a terrorist incident and is being handled by the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit.

Police said there were 18 people injured, with most suffering flash burns.

There will be an increased police presence on London as the incident is investigated.

Police did not provide details on any suspects.

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