London blasts, updated info

by oneafrikan on July 7, 2005

Updated in reverse date order, so first line is latest news…

_ London Metro bloggers have some good info as well
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_ CNN: Timeline of London Blasts
_ Police chief “London was in very high state of alert”

British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday’s explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said.

_ Blair: it’s terrorism

Multiple explosions on the London Underground and on buses have caused fatalities and left dozens with “terrible injuries” in what prime minister Tony Blair said was a co-ordinated terrorist attack timed to coincide with the G8 summit.
Mr Blair, speaking in Gleneagles, described the attack as “barbaric” but said the summit would continue.

_ Markets rocked by London explosions

In London, the FTSE 100 fell 150.7 points, or 2.8 per cent, to 5,078.9, its biggest fall since the start of the Iraqi war.
The London Stock Exchange declared a fast market, which relieves market makers of their obligation to make two-way prices, and additionally requested that all automated input was ceased.
The London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest metals trading facility, was closed.

_ REUTERS: UPDATE 3-Explosions hit London as G8 leaders meet
_ Reporters’ Log: London explosions
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Tony Blair will be making an announcement on TV at 12pm.
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_ Met police boss warns against media speculation after London blasts

Published: Thursday, July 7, 2005
Metropolital Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has urged the media not to speculate about the multiple blasts throughout London this morning which have brought the capital’s transport system to a standstill.

Speaking on BBC News 24 he warned that speculation could cause unneccessary panic.

He has confirmed there had been six explosions at tube stations in Edgware Road, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Moorgate and Aldgate as well as one explosion on a bus.

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Just had more news from the people that manage our building:
1. The phone lines are down as one of the blasts took down a network
2. The mobile networks are down as the Government has shut them down. Apparently, mobiles were used in Madrid to active bombs remotely.

_ London mobile networks jammed
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Here is a pic of the scene outside Kings Cross:
Scene outside Kings Cross
Image from a traffic surveillance camera showing the scene outside King’s Cross tube station after a blast. (London, Britain)
_ BBC.co.uk: In pictures: London blasts
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Here is a map of the explosions:
London bomb blasts?
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_ Technorati search: london explosions
_ Technorati tag: london explosions
_ Google news updated by date
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This is from the CNN website:

Multiple explosions rock London
Thursday, July 7, 2005 Posted: 0948 GMT (1748 HKT)
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LONDON, England (CNN) — A bus was ripped apart in an explosion in central London today and several blasts rocked the Tube network leaving dozens of people injured.

The Tube blasts at the height of the rush hour on Thursday were initially blamed on a power surge.
But amid the chaos eyewitnesses reported that a packed double decker bus in the Russell Square area had been severely damaged in a blast.
Union officials blamed the Tube blasts on a series of bombs, and Scotland Yard confirmed the bus explosion and said it was dealing with “multiple explosions” in London.A second bus was reported to have been damaged in Tavistock Square.

Describing the Russell Square blast, eyewitness Belinda Seabrook told the UK Press Association she saw an explosion rip through the bus as it approached the Square.
“I was on the bus in front and heard an incredible bang, I turned round and half the double decker bus was in the air,” she said.
She said the bus was travelling from Euston to Russell Square and had been “packed” with people turned away from Tube stops.

2 comments

Just woke up in the States. Horrible news.

by Nathan Lanier on July 7, 2005 at 2:52 am. Reply #

Terrible dude. Can’t believe this has happened. Black Thursday.
Seems the whole world is reacting to this…

by Gareth Knight on July 7, 2005 at 2:59 am. Reply #

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