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London: Police charge teen over Parsons Green attack

Ahmed Hassan, 18, will face court on Friday after being charged with attempted murder following attack that injured 30.

Parsons Green in London

British police have charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London Underground.

The Metropolitan Police force on Friday said Ahmed Hassan of Sunbury, Surrey, will appear in court later the same day, accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station a week ago.

Hassan is accused of attempting to "murder persons are traveling on a District Line train" on September 15, and of using a chemical compound known as TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life, police said.

Hassan was arrested on Saturday at the port of Dover, departure point for ferries to France.

After his arrest, police searched the suburban Surrey home of a couple who had fostered more than 200 children, including refugees from the Middle East.

Thirty people were injured when the homemade bomb - hidden in a plastic bucket that was place in a plastic supermarket bag - partly detonated at the height of the morning rush hour.

The attack led to a huge hunt for the perpetrators and prompted officials to briefly raise the national terrorism threat to the highest level, "critical".

London police chief Cressida Dick said Friday that the "very dangerous" bomb was packed with shrapnel and the carnage could have been much worse.

Three other male suspects - aged 17, 25 and 30 - remain in custody over the attack, but have not been charged.


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