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September 15, 2017

Parsons Green blast underscores continuing terrorist threat

Henry Jackson Society

Latest incident indicative of small-scale attacks capable of being undertaken by individuals.

At 8:30 this morning, Police responded to an explosion aboard a London Underground train at Parsons Green Station. Multiple people have been injured, in what Counter Terrorism Command (S015) is now investigating as an act of terrorism.

It is too early to know the exact nature of this incident or who may be responsible. However, this incident underscores the enduring threat terrorists pose to the UK, and London in particular, which has suffered two major attacks this year, with attacks against Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. 

The Henry Jackson Society’s Executive Director Dr Alan Mendoza, stated:


An early morning attack against commuters using underground systems is a hallmark of terrorist groups. The scale of this incident – small yet significant – is in keeping with the trend we have witnessed a crossed Europe as a whole, which has seen radicalised individuals using whatever means available to mount attacks”.

The Henry Jackson Society can provide interviews with analysts including Executive Director, Dr Alan Mendoza, Senior Research Fellow Nikita Malik, Research Fellows, Tom Wilson, Emma Webb and Kyle Orton and Associate Fellow Dr Julia Ruschenko.


Notes to Editors:

The Henry Jackson Society is a think tank and policy-shaping force that fights for the principles and alliances which keep societies free – working across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and real human rights, and make a stand in an increasingly uncertain world.  Henry Jackson Society research and events provide key analysis and insight to policy-makers and the media.


Henry Jackson Society research and events provide key analysis and insight to policy-makers and the media. Relevant work includes:



·              Understanding Contest: The Foundation and the Future

·              Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK (1998-2015)

·              Disrupting Extremists: More Effective Use of Existing Legislation

·              Foreign Terrorist Attacks By The Islamic State, 2002-2016


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