Teenager 'planned lethal attack by planting IED on tube'

The bomb contained 400g of explosives and shrapnel on the floor

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 jurors it was just "a matter of luck" that the bomb did not fully detonate and people were not killed.

Hassan denies attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property.

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

THE alleged Parsons Green tube bomber denied he was sent to Europe by Islamic State, but admitted they trained him "to kill" before his arrival as an asylum seeker, a court heard today.

Hassan was living with foster parents in Surrey, outside London, when he chose to attack the train, prosecutors said.

The court also heard that a charity worker, who speaks Arabic, allegedly heard the defendant listening to a "call-to-arms" song on his mobile phone whilst he was staying at a Barnardos children's home after his arrival in 2015.

There were 93 people in the carriage where the bomb was planted during the morning rush hour in September previous year, the court has heard.

In a toilet in Wimbledon station, he set the timer and boarded the Tube before getting off at Putney Bridge, one stop before Parsons Green, jurors heard.

A London evening newspaper poster outside Paddington tube station in London, after a terrorist incident was declared at Parsons Green in September.

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       Moment of Parsons Green blast
Video Moment of Parsons Green blast

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

He then allegedly took advantage of his foster parents being on holiday to prepare 14oz of TATP explosives, using a friend's address to take delivery of the largest ingredient. He could have stopped the detonation.

Passenger Jelena Semenjuk had noticed a bag on the floor and a man fitting the description of Hassan before she heard a "loud bang" and noticed her coat was on fire, the court heard.

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

"The CCTV footage from inside the carriage shows that at no stage did the defendant reach inside the bag to do anything".

The main charge may have failed to explode because the initiator was not sufficiently embedded in the TATP, or because the TATP had been poorly made, the court has heard.

Miss S said she suffered severe burns on her legs, as well as burns on her hands and face, and was still being treated six months after the explosion.

Then she could "smell herself burning and saw her hair was on fire".

"There was a blinding flash to my left and I was engulfed in flames", Mr. Nash said.

Hassan was arrested at the southern English port of Dover, with £2,320 (US$3,218) in cash, and told police he was responsible for the device, prosecutors said.

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