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Old 07 Jul 2005, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Police confirmed that 33 people have been killed after four near-simultaneous explosions rocked London during Thursday's morning rush hour. As many as 300 were wounded, 45 of those with critical and serious injuries.

Meanwhile, emergency services personnel told CNN that rescue operations at King's Cross, a major transportation hub, were complete and all survivors had been successfully evacuated.

Scotland Yard said three explosions were reported at subway stations and the fourth was confirmed on a bus in Tavistock Square in central London just before 9 a.m. local time, revising the earlier account of up to seven blasts.

The blasts prompted officials to shut down the entire bus and underground network for an indefinite period of time. Police said officials found indications of explosives at one of the sites.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was "reasonably clear" that a series of terrorist attacks had struck the city.

"It's reasonably clear there have been a series of terrorist attacks in London, there are obviously casualties, people that have died, and people seriously injured," Blair said from Gleneagles, Scotland, where he is hosting the G-8 summit.

He said the meeting would continue as he headed to London to meet with the city's officials.

"Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilized nations throughout the world,'' Blair said one day after London was awarded the 2012 Olympics.

Terrorist group claims responsibility

Initial reports blamed a power surge, but it became increasingly clear as the day progressed that officials were deeming the blasts to be terrorist attacks.

The National Grid, which supplies power to the city's subway network, said there had been no problems with the system which could have contributed to the incidents.

One senior Israeli official, on condition of anonymity, says Scotland Yard told the Israeli embassy in London minutes before explosions that it had received warnings of possible terror attacks, The Associated Press reported.

Arab sources said the blasts were likely the work of al Qaeda, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

German magazine Der Spiegel, bolstered the charges, saying a group calling itself "Secret Organization -- al Qaeda in Europe" is claiming responsibility.

"Rejoice, Islamic nation. Rejoice, Arab world. The time has come for vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of Britain in response to the massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan,'' said the statement, which was translated by The Associated Press in Cairo after the magazine published the text on its website.

The authenticity of the message could not be immediately confirmed.

"The heroic mujahedeen carried out a blessed attack in London, and now Britain is burning with fear and terror, from north to south, east to west,'' the statement said.

Though the al-Qaeda link was not verified, security analysts said the blasts bore similarities to last year's Madrid bombings, when 10 bombs hidden in sports bags exploded on four packed commuter trains.

The explosions, at the height of the city's morning rush hour, killed 191 people.

"The first thing that's very obvious is the synchronized nature of the attacks, and that's pretty classic for al Qaeda or al Qaeda-related organizations," Budapest-based security analyst Sebestyen Gorka told Reuters.

"If we're talking about several attacks on one day, then there's a good likelihood we're talking about a known quantity here...The similarities to Madrid are clear."

Police urge calm

London's police chief Sir Ian Blair urged people to stay where they were and not to call emergency services unless it was a life-threatening situation.

While he confirmed there had been several blasts, he said the picture in London was still "very confused."

Despite the chaos at some sites as horrified eyewitnesses tried to make their way home, CTV's John John Vennavally-Rao who was in London on holiday, reported the streets were remarkably calm.

"We noticed that most people were still going about their daily business and the police here are recommending that anybody at work should stay at work and if they're at their homes, stay at home," he said.

"But there is a fair amount of traffic on the roads and again, people remarkably calm and we were asking folks, you know, how are they feeling about this, and the overwhelming sentiment here amongst Londoners is that it was just a matter of time."

There were reports that the cellular phone networks and telephone land lines were jammed as concerned residents tried to make calls.

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Old 07 Jul 2005, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep, its all over the news, woke up and it was the first thing i saw on the news. Good thing i never went London. My sis did as shes goes college there but shes cool.

We knew terrorists will strike eventually especially after the whole 9/11 and Blair and Bush forming somewhat of an alliance, we just never knew when they'll strike and they timing was key, right after we were granted to host the 2012 Olympics.
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I guess they tried doing some shit here in Arizona, but they got caught. I heard something on the radio but didnt hear anything about it again.
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Now there's going to be more talk about terrorism at the G8 instead of African poverty. Most likely.
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But really, this is a big blow to England. I wish them the best.
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Yeah I saw this on the news earlier, it really does suck for England...there's gonna be a load of security at the G8.
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Yet another display of how we are all in a war that will never end...Its a shame really, the terrorsits fools keep blowing things up, and the coalition comes right back with an attack of thier own.

This is a war our children wont see the end of...
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37 people confirmed dead now...
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SC called me at a quarter to four telling me to turn on the TV. I asked him what channel and he said: "Any," but it wasn't on broadcast channels so I almost quit... then he told me to turn on Fox News and I did. I think I mumbled, "Ain't that the shits," or something similar in reaction.

I can only pray for the families of the casulaties and hope that the British do the right thing (not what Spain did).
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Wow look at that... Bush's poll numbers are way down and another Terrorist attack happens.

Very convienant for Chimpy now he doesn't have to talk about global warming and Africa at the G-8 ( like he cares about that stuff anyway ) and can switch the topic to invading Iran.

Rove is breathing a sigh of relief he's out of the news as well.. who wants to hear about Karl Rove being the leak for Valerie Plame when London is being hit by phony terrorists.

It's the Neo Cons again i bet.
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What did Spain do, Trev?
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Saw the news... Not cool.

My prayers go to all the families of the dead and survivors.
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