A London blast victim is treated for her injuries
Headlines of the week:
FRIDAY ON THEIR MINDS (Tim Blair)
Taste the red-hot fury of our candlelight vigils, terrorist scum
Remember to keep that proud British stiff upper lip while your head is rolling down the cobblestones, David Burge @iowahawkblog
It’s all happening in Europe, where an explosion and a knife attack remind us again of the continent’s enduring civility, culture and charm.
In London, several people were injured following an explosion at a tube station:
Police are currently responding after a container is understood to have exploded at the Parsons Green tube station, sending hundreds of commuters running from the platform in panic.
Ambulance crews are on scene after reports of facial burns to passengers.
A local Metro reporter, who was on scene at the time of the incident, claimed several people have sustained serious burns and that “their hair was coming off”.
The Sun quotes an onlooker saying it was like a “fireball flew down a carriage” with panicked commuters diving out an open door.
And in Paris:
An assailant attacked a soldier on a counter-terrorism patrol in Paris on Friday, France’s armed forces minister said, the latest in a series of strikes targeting troops protecting transport hubs and tourist sites.
“The man was arrested,” Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told Europe 1 radio shortly after the attack. She said she had no further details on the assailant or his motives.
Motives. The great unknown factor in so many events worldwide these days. But this may provide just a teensy little clue:
French media said the aggressor shouted references to Islamic State as he attacked the soldier.
UPDATE. In certain non-European nations, frequent Islamic attacks aren’t an issue:
In 2016, London’s mayor said Islamic terror attacks are just part of living in a big city.
There’s just one major problem with that.
The biggest city in the world hasn’t even had a single terrorist attack from a radical Muslim.
Tokyo isn’t big on multiculturalism.