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Thursday, July 07, 2005

London is under a terrorist attack...


Bus ripped in two 10:15am: We are currently under attack by terrorists. There have been explosions at tube stations and on buses around London - Aldgate, Old Street, King's Cross, Edgware Road, Taverstock Place. The tube network is down, our phones are down, the mobile networks are jammed and reports are coming in of casualties.

10:52am: Another explosion in Taverstock Place. Reports of "the bus ripped open like a can of sardines and bodies everywhere."

10:55am: "At least 90 casualties" at the Aldgate station explosion. Which I guess means injuries and possibly some deaths too.

11:19am: Now confirmed; six reported explosions on the tube - Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross, Moorgate, Old Street and Russell Square stations. Three explosions reported on buses - but only one is confirmed - Taverstock Place.

12:56am: Turns out there were just four confirmed explosions. One on a train between Algate and Liverpool Street tube stations. One on a train between King's Gross and Russell Square tube stations. One at Edgware Road tube station and one on a bus near Woburn Place - thought to be a suicide bomber. A previously unknown group calling itself "Secret Organisation al Qaeda in Europe" have claimed responsibility.

02:27pm: Sky News are reporting that "at least 33 people are reported to have been killed and 1,000 injured"

03:15pm: The first blast hit a train leaving Liverpool Street Station between Moorgate and Aldgate East at 8.51am. Seven people are confirmed dead in that blast. At 8.56am a blast occured on a train between King's Cross and Russell Square killing 21 people. Five people were killed in a blast at Edgware Road Tube station. Three trains are believed to have been hit by this explosion at 9.17am. At 9.47am a number 30 bus at Upper Woburn Place was hit by a fourth blast. Emergency services could not confirm the number of dead in this attack.

My friend Martin was on the King's Cross train but luckily he survived. This is the message he sent me a little while ago:
"hi there - I was on the train at KX that the bomb went off on. i was stuck down there for about 25mins, but then the smoke got so bad that a guy smashed a window in and we managed to squeeze through, I was about the tenth person to escape. Just rested with the police then walked home - wasn't til I got home that I found out it was a bomb - we thought there was an electrical fault so I was home by about 10.30. I was pretty scared, did think about the possibility of not being able to get out. but the carriage next to ours was pitch black so that looked worse. I was a bit panicy but was distracted as I was trying to help this young English girl and Polish woman to calm down. I kept saying to the Polish one that it was OK and things like this happened on the tube etc - but all the Londoners kept staring at me as if to say 'no it doesn't' got pretty dirty, and my lungs hurt a little, but a bath and washed all my clothes so feeling more together."

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