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July 07, 2005

London Explosions

(Poster's Note: TV is reporting that there were 6 bomb attacks &
20 are confirmed dead. More are expected. Jay)

Two Die In London Terror Blasts

Two people have been killed and scores have been injured after at
least seven blasts on the Underground network and a double-decker
bus in London.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was "reasonably clear" there
had been a series of terrorist attacks.

He said it was "particularly barbaric" that it was timed to
coincide with the G8 summit. He is returning to London.

An Islamist website has posted a statement - purportedly from al-
Qaeda - claiming it was behind the attacks.

London's police chief Sir Ian Blair said said there had been
"many casualties" but it was too early to put a figure to those
killed or injured.

More than 100 casualties and one of the dead were taken to the
Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

And St Mary's Hospital said it was dealing with 26 injured
people, including four with critical injuries and eight in a
serious condition.

Sir Ian urged people to stay where they were and not to call
emergency services unless it was a life-threatening situation.

He reassured the public that an emergency plan was in place and
the situation was "steadily coming under control".

Scotland Yard said explosions have been reported at Edgware Road,
King's Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Aldgate East and

08:49 police called to Liverpool Street station after reports of
10:14 Reports of blast on bus at Tavistock Square

Blasts also reported at Aldgate East, Edgware Rd, Kings Cross,
Moorgate, Russell Square tube stations

All London Underground services have been suspended indefinitely
and bus services in central London (Zone One) have been halted.

A spokesman for Vodafone said emergency services were being given
priority access to the mobile phone network which was causing
problems for other users.

One caller to BBC Five said his friend had seen "the bus ripped
open like a can of sardines and bodies everywhere".

Loyita Worley, who works for a City law firm, said she was on the
underground train when an explosion took place in the next
carriage, while it was in a tunnel.

The 49-year-old said: "All the lights went out and the train came
to an immediate halt. There was smoke everywhere and everyone was
coughing and choking, but remained calm. We couldn't open the

Once the doors were opened they were taken along to Liverpool
Street station.

She said the carriage where an explosion happened was "black on
the inside" and she saw people who appeared to have their clothes
blown off.

She saw bodies lying inside the carriage.

There was immediately smoke everywhere and it was hot and
everybody panicked. People started screaming and crying

Jacqui Head

BBC News

British Transport Police said incidents took place at Aldgate,
Edgware Road, King's Cross, Old Street and Russell Square

Hospitals have said they are no longer accepting non-emergency
cases, BBC Five Live reported.

The National Grid, which supplies power to the Underground, said
there had been no problems with its system which could have
contributed to the incidents.

The train was kept in the tunnel for 20 minutes and no
announcement was made to explain the delay to passengers, she

London Fire Brigade said four crews were at Liverpool Street and
more were on their way.

Another passenger, who had left the Tube at Fenchurch Street
Station, and walked to Aldgate East, told BBC Five Live that he
saw injured people.

"As I walked through the bus station I could see people lying on
the ground, black, as if they'd been covered in smoke. There were
about three or four people on the floor being treated."

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Published: 2005/07/07 11:38:17 GMT
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