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major incident in London

 
 
Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:27 am
The couldnt get within 50 miles of Gleneagles

but bombs on a bus in London are easy. Bastards
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Vivien
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:34 am
material girl wrote:
20 people dead.

if its connected to G8 why would they target London and not the north?!



higher profile, easier and more impact internationally - also I think the Olympics is also a factor

noone on TV saying how many dead but it sounds as though the final figure would be far higher

the emergency plan clicked into place and is apparently working

power surge on tube due to explosion in their power station suggested - and bus was a tourist bus, aiming to hit tourist industry

my mother says the atmosphere and calm reaction is like people in the Blitz
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firefly
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:43 am
This appears to have been a well coordinated terrorist attack that was probably in the planning for a long time. I doubt the Olympics has much to do with it, that decision was just too recent.

It has the hallmark of the Muslim extremist groups. They have the resources and the manpower. These murderous bastards must be stopped.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:43 am
When I heard the first news that it was an accident, I felt sorry, but wasn't so worried.

But now ...

Still too early to say anything, though it would be new for IRA ...
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:43 am
It says here that "London closed its subway system and evacuated all stations after reports of explosions in at least seven locations on the network." That's aside from the bus explosion.

And this article reports on at least two explosions at underground stations:

"'We believe there was some sort of explosion. There are some walking wounded at Aldgate,' a police spokesman said, referring to an underground station near Liverpool Street. [..] A London Underground spokesman added that ther has been 'another incident at Edgware Road', north west London. Several people have been wounded at Edgware Road, officials and rescue workers said. Witnesses on Sky television are quoted as saying people streamed out of some of the stations covered in soot, some in tears."

But it also says "Police said power surges are behind the multiple explosion"? The other article also says, "The British Broadcasting Corp. said a power surge may have affected underground trains."
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:47 am
Update three:

"explosions in and around the financial district. [..] Police said blasts occurred in ``multiple locations.''

Liverpool Street station, Aldgate, Edgware Road and King's Cross are among stations evacuated after blasts were reported on underground train links. Scotland Yard said the first blast was reported at 8:50 a.m. local time. [..] A policeman on the scene at Liverpool Street said an incident may have been caused by a train crash."

CBC News: "Metronet, a company which maintains the subway infrastructure, said [this morning's] explosion was caused by a power surge."

<frowns> Can the Liverpool Station train crash have caused a power surge that in turn caused explosions at other stations? But Edgware Rd is pretty far off, isn't it? And the bus explosion is by definition unrelated ...
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:48 am
According to Hungarian news, there have been bomb threats here too - people are warned not to go into the major shopping centres
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:51 am
Checking in - I am ok !
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Vivien
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:56 am
they seem to be suggesting that one bomb was at a sub station (power station) on the tube system which would account for that being mentioned

timing of operations can be altered in light of events so I think it is linked to both G8 and Olympics


suicide bombers or placing bombs on public transport is a relatively easy target and doesn't take a lot of coordinating if the infrastructure and supplies are in place
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:57 am
"Too early" to say what caused London blasts-police

London police said it was "too early to say" what caused multiple explosions across the capital on Thursday morning when asked whether the blasts might be terror-related.

"We are not saying. It is too early," a Scotland Yard police spokesman told Reuters.

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EU's Frattini says London blasts are "terrorism"

The European Union's commissioner for justice and security affairs said the blasts that hit London's underground and bus services on Thursday were terrorist attacks.

"We have the tragic confirmation that terrorism has once again hit the heart of Europe and hit a country that holds the presidency of the (European) Union and the G8," Frattini told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Rome.
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:58 am
Prince - good!
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 04:59 am
GOOD. How's everyone else?

Heading out for the NY subway now.

Joe
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:00 am
the whole city is paralysed
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Vivien
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:02 am
2 people confirmed dead at Aldgate

double decker buses took walking wounded to hospital


everyone very calm

still 'just' the 7 incidents reported

Gautam are you nearby?
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:03 am
City hit by 6 blasts - police chief

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said there had been at least six explosions but added that the picture was still "very confused".

Sir Ian told ITV News Channel: "We are slowly assuming control and and order.

"We are urging people to stay where they are and stay where they are safe. There is no way of moving around London, there are no tube services and no buses."

He added: "There have been six blasts, but it is a very confusing situation and that could change."

He said: "We are concerned that this is a co-ordinated attack."
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:06 am
Many feared dead after blasts

A series of terrorist blasts have ripped through central London leaving scores of casualties.

At least two deaths have been confirmed at Aldgate.

Eye-witnesses reported seeing bodies piled in the wreckage of damaged Tube trains.

A double decker bus packed with people forced off the underground when the network was shut down was ripped apart by a massive blast. Eyewitnesses said there were many fatalities. [..]

The terror attacks began with a series of co-ordinated blasts on the Tube network.

At Liverpool Street Station in the City, the wounded were treated by medics as they lay on the concourse. The Hilton Metropole on the Edgware Road was used as a makeshift treatment centre.

There were unconfirmed reports that several people had died on the bus in the Russell Square area.

There were reports that more than one bus had blown up, but Scotland Yard said it was only dealing with one bus explosion.
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Brand X
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:07 am
Yikes! This is terrible!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:09 am
Bless you, UK folk.


I have been in many IRA bomb scares on the tube - I cannot imagine the awfulness of the real thing.

Thinking of you all.
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Vivien
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:10 am
they've located a website claiming responsibility - no further info - may or may not be genuine but Al Quaeda claiming responsibility if is, they think it may be


people are still trapped at Kings Cross, tube stuck in tunnel and there are fatalities they say

6 blasts in tubes Nimh plus the bus

sniffer dogs checking for further bombs - the IRA used to have a secondary wave of bombs to hit the rescue workers so let's hope these don't.
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jul, 2005 05:19 am
BBC news coverage: click "live video" button on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/default.stm#

BBC Reporters Log from around London: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4659511.stm
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