Parsons Green suspect Ahmed Hassan admitted making bomb, court hears

9 March 2018, 19:42

An Iraqi teen on trial over the Parsons Green bomb confessed to making the device and leaving it on a train when questioned by police 24 hours after the attack.

Thirty people were injured after an improvised device filled with screwdrivers, nuts and knives partially detonated during rush hour last September on a Tube train at Parsons Green station.

Victims were left with burns to the face, legs and hands and singed hair which fell out in clumps after the bomb - which was hidden inside a bucket in a Lidl bag - sent a "fireball" through the carriage.

Ahmed Hassan, 18, who was spotted by PC Daniel Carmen sitting outside the passenger terminal at the Port of Dover the following day, initially shrugged when stopped and questioned.

The media student told the officer his name was Ahmed Ali and said he had been sleeping rough.

He then said his name was Ahmed Hassan Ali and he was waiting for a Syrian friend before going on a short trip to Holland.

Police then positively identified Hassan from an image from a lift at Wimbledon station, and he was arrested.

When asked later who made the bomb, he replied: "I did".

Mr Hassan was then questioned about whether were any more devices, replying: "There maybe a few milligram traces at my home address, at the back of the sofa in the conservatory in a black plastic bag."

The teenager is accused of making the bomb in his foster parents' kitchen using 400g of triacetone Triperoxide (TATP).

The chemical is a primary high explosive, just a few grams could blow off someone's hands and fingers.

Officers who searched foster home in Sunbury, Surrey, found traces of it in the kitchen sink and around the hob, the court heard.

Parts of a soldering iron and a number of empty nut, bolt and screwdriver set boxes were also discovered left on the windowsill of the conservatory.

Tuppaware containers which appeared to be part of the same set as one found within the bomb, similar knives and a matching blue vase to one found in the bomb detonator were also found at the house.

The court was told that the bomb had the potential to be lethal if fully detonated, and that it was possible it had failed because it was wet.

The jury was also shown a video of Mr Hassan destroying a mobile phone by putting it in an oven, smashing it with brick and flushing down toilet - all set to music.

He denies all charges against him.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.