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Ahmed Hassan found guilty of Parsons Green bombing
CTB News: 16/03/2018 - 14:22
18-year-old Ahmed Hassan, who planted a home-made bomb on a London tube last September, has been found guilty of attempted murder following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Sentencing will now be considered by the judge in line with section 30 of the Terrorism Act 2008.
The bombing, carried out on 15 September on the District Line train, partially detonated. Within a few hours, they identified that the suspect boarded the tube at Wimbledon Station and further CCTV gathered from the station meant that officers were able to obtain a clear image of the suspect's face, which was then circulated to all police forces across the UK.
Twenty-three people were injured as a direct result of the explosion, suffering serious burn injuries, and a further 28 people were injured in the resulting stampede as passengers exited the tube and station in panic.
Dean Haydon, Temporary Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said: "Hassan was extremely devious and cunning in the way he went about carrying out this attack. He built a home-made bomb packed full of shrapnel that was designed to kill, maim and injure as many people as he could. It was only through good fortune that it didn't fully detonate and had it done so, I have little doubt that we would have been dealing with many fatalities.
"The response of all the emergency services to this incident was tremendous - from the first responders at the scene, through to the detectives and officers involved in the investigation, his arrest. The case against him was so compelling that the jury were left in no doubt of his intent to kill, despite his claims to the contrary. The speed at which the Counter Terrorism Command investigation team worked was outstanding and had it not been for the fantastic support given by colleagues British Transport Police, Transport for London, Kent, Surrey and Port of Dover Police, then this result may not have been possible. I also hope that today's outcome will help those who were injured and on the tube that day to start to put this terrible ordeal behind them."