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Wikipedia: 7 July 2005 London bombings
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On July 7, 2005 @ 4:36 pm In War/Defense,Weblogs | Comments Disabled
"On 7 July  2005 , beginning at 08:49, during the height of morning rush hour, a series of four bomb explosions struck London’s  transport system. Three Underground  trains were hit within half an hour, and a bus a further half an hour after that. At least 40 died. The number of injured treated is at least 700. At least one news report has quoted 360 injured  . Fox News reported 700 injured. This number is expected to rise as authorities survey the impact of the blasts. It is the worst terrorist attack to take place within the United Kingdom  since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 , which killed upwards of 200 people.
Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Ian Blair  has said that explosions were probably the result of a "major terrorist attack" but did not wish to speculate on the organisation involved. The bombings came while the UK hosted the first full day of the 31st G8 summit  at Gleneagles Hotel , Scotland , and a day after London won the bid  to host the 2012  Summer Olympic Games . The Formula 1  British Grand Prix  is also scheduled for this weekend, but will still go ahead.
The incidents led to the immediate evacuation of many tube  stations, as well as the complete shut-down of the London Underground  network. Roads near the affected stations were closed, severely affecting road traffic. Mainline services into London stations Euston, Paddington, Liverpool Street and King’s Cross terminated outside the city for most of the day, though all but Kings Cross had fully re-opened by 17:30. The city’s bus network was shut down in the central zone (Zone 1 ) until approximately 16:00.
British Prime Minister  Tony Blair  has described the attacks  as "barbaric." "Our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism upon the world," he said. Mayor  Ken Livingstone , speaking from Singapore. where he was promoting the city’s Olympic bid, called it a "cowardly attack": "This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter."  
There’s a lot more at the Wikipedia,  replete with links . . .
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URLs in this post:
 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
 7 July 2005 London bombings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_London_transport_explosions
 7 July: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_7
 2005: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005
 London’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London
 Underground: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Underground
 : http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161768,00.html
 United Kingdom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom
 Pan Am Flight 103: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103
 Ian Blair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Blair
 31st G8 summit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/31st_G8_summit
 Gleneagles Hotel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleneagles_Hotel
 Scotland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland
 won the bid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_2012_Olympic_bid
 2012: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012
 Summer Olympic Games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Summer_Olympics
 Formula 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_1
 Grand Prix: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Grand_Prix
 tube: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tube
 Zone 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelcard_Zone_1
 Prime Minister: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister
 Tony Blair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Blair
 described the attacks: http://wikisource.org/wiki/2005_London_transport_explosions_Blair_comments
 Mayor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayor
 Ken Livingstone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Livingstone
 : http://news.ft.com/cms/s/dcdfe116-ef08-11d9-8b10-00000e2511c8,dwp_uuid=46d6f5a8-d260-11d8-b661-00000e2511c8.html
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