by oneafrikan on July 7, 2005
Updated in reverse date order, so first line is latest news…
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.
Multiple explosions on the London Underground and on buses have caused fatalities and left dozens with â€œterrible injuriesâ€ 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 â€œbarbaricâ€ but said the summit would continue.
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 worldâ€™s largest metals trading facility, was closed.
_ REUTERS: UPDATE 3-Explosions hit London as G8 leaders meet
_ Reporters’ Log: London explosions
Tony Blair will be making an announcement on TV at 12pm.
_ 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.
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
Here is a pic of the 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
Here is a map of the explosions:
_ Technorati search: london explosions
_ Technorati tag: london explosions
_ Google news updated by date
This is from the CNN website:
Multiple explosions rock London
Thursday, July 7, 2005 Posted: 0948 GMT (1748 HKT)
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.