Teenager denies planting homemade bomb on Parsons Green tube

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A fireball was sent through the train carriage at Parsons Green, south west London, after the device partially exploded during the morning rush hour. Clean-shaven Hassan appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from high security Belmarsh prison in south east London, wearing a maroon crew neck jumper and with short dark hair.

He is charged with one count of attempted murder and one charge of causing an explosion. Hassan spoke only to confirm his name and to enter not guilty pleas to both counts.

The first charge alleges that he “attempted to murder persons unknown”. The explosives charge states that he “maliciously caused by means of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) or other explosive substance an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or to cause serious injury to property”. A trial deate has been set for March 5 at the Old Bailey. It is expected to last for two weeks. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave remanded Ali, who was living in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, at the time of the incident, in custody.

Source: metro