An Iraqi asylum seeker, who illegally entered the UK in the back of a lorry when he was 16, packed a bomb with knives, nails, and bolts to cause “maximum harm and carnage”, a court has heard.

Ahmed Hassan, 18, is accused of attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life for the September 2017 Parsons Green Tube Station attack when a device stuffed with shrapnel and the chemical explosive TATP (triacetate triperoxide) partially detonated in a train carriage, injuring 30 people.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan told the jurors at the Old Bailey on Wednesday that the Iraqi asylum seeker packed the bomb with nearly 5lbs of bolts, knives, nails, screws, screwdrivers, and sockets to cause “maximum harm and carnage to those in the surrounding area”, the BBC reports.

“There were approximately 93 people in the carriage when the device detonated,” Ms. Morgan said, describing the incident which occurred at 8:20am, September 15th, 2017.

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