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Man convicted over tube bomb


A 20-year-old man has today been convicted of planning to cause an explosion after leaving a bomb packed with explosives and ball bearings on a London Underground train.

Damon Smith had constructed the device using instructions taken from an Al-Qaeda-published magazine.
On 20 October 2016, Smith left the bomb on a Jubilee Line train at Southwark station after setting the timer with the intent of causing an explosion. The bomb, which failed to explode, was found by passengers and passed to staff who cleared the platform.

Sue Hemming of the CPS said: "Damon Smith's actions were incredibly dangerous and the consequences had the device worked do not bear thinking about. Although he claimed this was a prank, the bomb he left on the train was clearly designed to cause horrific injuries.

"I would like to express my thanks to the quick-thinking members of the public and TFL staff for the way they dealt with this incident."


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