Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bombs explode on trains and bus in London -- Multiple fatalities, hundreds injured

Update 2:

A terror group linked to al Qaeda says it carried out a series of terror attacks on London that have left a number of people dead and hundreds injured.

A previously unknown group calling itself “Secret Organisation al Qaeda in Europe” said it carried out the attacks as revenge for British “military massacres” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is terrible and it seems the situation is developing: deaths at Edgware Road and Aldgate East station; a possible suicide bomb attack on a bus in Tavistock Square… it’s horrible.

The police have confirmed there have been a number of fatalities at Edgware Road.

A number of people have been seriously injured, and then there are the walking wounded. Police say everyone is now out of the tube station.

Two trains were caught up in the explosion here. Witnesses have spoken about glass showering down on them and being plunged into darkness.

People who got out are very shaken and have told us in dramatic detail about getting out, but the very bad news is that some people have died here.

Casualty figures are expected to rise as rescue efforts identify more bodies on the trains and bus. At present there is no indication that the attacks have ceased. However, the terror group’s claim of responsibility may indicate that the planned attacks are complete.

List of affected places so far: Edgware Road, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Aldgate East and Moorgate, and the bus on Tavistock Square. Here’s a constantly updated BBC timeline of events.

And now we have at least 40 people reported killed. Fuck.

Update 3:

Monty From: Steve Kennedy
Monty> Date: Jul 7, 2005 3:58 PM
Monty> Current press conference on the news.
Monty> Tube shut until tomorrow, busses hopefully back by later this afternoon.
Monty> No trains coming into London.
Monty> Eurostar advising people not to try and come in from France etc today.
mogwai> indeed
Monty> 4 bombs,
Monty> 8.51 Algate 7 dead
Monty> 8.56 b/n Russel Sq and Kings X 7 dead.
Monty> 9.17 Edgware Rd, blast blew THROUGH the tunnel into next platform on to
Monty> another train (maybe a 3rd involved). 5 dead
Monty> 9.27 (I think) bus in Tavistock place (opp BMA) - top of the bus blown
mogwai> no trains or busses at all in central london
Monty> off completely - no figures released re dead (but whoever was on the top
Monty> floor didn't stand a chance - they're probably trying to identify
Monty> bodies).
Monty> 45 people in hospital with serious injuries
Monty> 300+ minor.
mogwai> 950

Later update: An excellent exposition of the way forward investigations-wise.

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