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Six Bomb Blasts Around Central London

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the respectful dept.

Politics 3468

M3rk1n_Muffl3y writes "There were six explosions around London this morning. Information is still emerging, but looks like there were bombs detonated on a bus near Russel Square and several others on the Underground around the City and King's Cross. It's been difficult to reach people on their mobiles."

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News just in.... (-1, Flamebait)

dr_labrat (15478) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001426)

It is believed that the french might not actually be behind this as was first suspected.

Re:News just in.... (1, Interesting)

Nimloth (704789) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001436)

Anybody else find it highly ironic that you get patriotic American flags in the background of this story?

Re:News just in.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001463)

No, the British considered Americans terrorists ~230 years ago.

Re:News just in.... (1)

Xiver (13712) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001476)

Not necessarily ironic, but it is definitely misplaced.

I'm in DC (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001428)

Should I go to work? I take the Metro. Opinions, please.

Why? (3, Funny)

chota (577760) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001429)

Maybe someone's mad they didn't get to host the Olympics?? Sheesh.

Re:Why? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001440)

No, ass hole. 6 coordinated attacks planned in 24 hours? Right...

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001446)

Being serious for a moment, it's more than likely it was because all security efforts were focussed on the G8 in Scotland, and making it an easy target.

Re:Why? (1, Troll)

nairobiny (601844) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001460)

Here in London we don't particularly appreciate your cretinous attempts at humour. Why don't you grow up?

Fuck you, man. (5, Insightful)

James A. D. Joyce (742507) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001534)

I'm from London and I appreciated it. Stop trying to stamp out humour just because of a few explosions.

New York (-1, Troll)

QMO (836285) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001430)

It's got to be disgruntled New Yorkers, upset over the IOC's decision on the 2012 Olympics.

Re:New York (-1, Offtopic)

QMO (836285) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001461)

My post (parent) will probably be modded Redundant because it was posted in the same minute as the other 5 first posts. Oh, well.

First Post (0, Troll)

HaveQuick (755912) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001431)

Poor people :( Fucking Al Qaeda shitheads.

Re:First Post (0, Flamebait)

Vilim (615798) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001468)

I doubt it is Al Qaeda, since it was obviously timed to coincide with the G8 summit it was probably extreme anti-globalisation people or something along those lines

Re:First Post (5, Informative)

MoonFog (586818) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001497)

An Al Qaeda groups has claimed responsibility already.

A lot of experts have also pointed to the attack being "typical of Al Qaeda".

Re:First Post (0)

Vilim (615798) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001516)

Oh, I hadn't read that, my mistake then.

Re:First Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001474)

Hi Mr Blair!

Got the facts have you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001485)

or just another knee jerk reaction...

Re:First Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001535)

and you know it wasn't the IRA?

That used to be the first assumption anytime anything when bang in England.

GNAA! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001433)

GNAA!

7 bombs (1, Informative)

helfen (791121) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001437)

It's 7 for now.

Re:7 bombs (5, Informative)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001453)

There were initial reports of one that didn't explode. So there may have been 8 and they may have one to reverse engineer.

That could make things interesting.

Damn! (-1, Redundant)

Macgruder (127971) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001438)

Oy!

More details (2, Insightful)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001439)

I'm surprised it's taken Slashdot so long to get this. There have been 2 confirmed deaths, which is both terrible, but on the other hand somewhat better than many (including myself) expected from early reports.

Re:More details (2, Informative)

ShadoHawk (741112) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001524)

And as I was listening to BBS World service in the car this morning on the way to work; there were witnesses that say there are quite a few more than that.

Re:More details (5, Informative)

bheading (467684) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001526)

We can be pretty well assured that there will be more than two deaths. The London Underground will have been jam-packed.

In London when there is a problem with the tube, connecting buses are brought in to substitute.It appears that the terrorist attack was carefully organized so that people being moved from the tube onto buses would also be moved into danger. If it is AQ, I'm scared that all of the heavy anti-terrorist legislation appears to have had no effect; if it's not AQ I'm even more scared.

Re:More details (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001531)

Only 2 because they can't confirm the number of people on the bus when it exploded, estimated survival rates are zero for the upper deck which, if full, would hold between 20 and 30 people. Expect those fatalities figures to climb :o(

Terrible. (-1, Flamebait)

SnapShot (171582) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001441)

I may be terribly cynical, but the first thing I thought was:

1. This distracts the world from Karl's outing the CIA agent.

2. This prevents Blair from going waffely on Iraq despite Bush's lack of any compromise on global warming or aid to Africa.

In any case, we should bomb Mecca every time something like this happens.

Re:Terrible. (3, Interesting)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001498)

The recent example of Spain seems to blow holes in both of those theories. I doubt anybody in Washington or London would want to do anything that might push the UK public against the war enough to force a pull-out.

"In any case, we should bomb Mecca every time something like this happens."

The capital of Saudi Arabia is Riyadh. All you're proposing is the random killing of random Muslism, who may or may not be Saudi (or even Arab), considering Mecca's status as a pilgrimage destination. Way to take the high road there.

Re:Terrible. (3, Informative)

stinerman (812158) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001541)

The GP's comment was obviously tongue-in-cheek. Notice his .sig as well as his comment history.

Re:Terrible. (2, Interesting)

rsynnott (886713) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001509)

Because, erm, it was obviously authorities in Mecca who did this, correct?

It's horrendous, but bombing random developing-world nations is probably not any sort of solution...

Re:Terrible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001517)

In any case, we should bomb Mecca every time something like this happens.

And how would that help? All Muslims != Terrorists you lame, ignorant, racist fuckwit.

Re:Terrible. (0, Troll)

syslog (535048) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001532)

Bomb Mecca?

Why, it wasn't enough that you bombed Iraq? Killed countless people who had done *nothing* to you? Thousands of women and babies? Was that fair?

Use common sense. Bush & Blair LIED and killed an incredible number of people, and created a terrorist breeding ground where there wasn't one!

Bush & Blair are as much to blame for the deaths of poor innocents in their countries as the idiot terrorists.

naeem

Simply stupid. (0, Flamebait)

sithkhan (536425) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001542)

You think Rove is the leak? Then why didn't the Dems bring that out during the election? Would that not have been a slam-dunk? Yeah, you are right, Mr. Tin-Foil-Hat: America bombed it's biggest allay just to cover up something that hasn't happened. Welcome to my Foe list. Please go to democraticunderground.com with your bullshit theories. Moron. Yeah, you!
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jokes already? (0, Troll)

Tomfrh (719891) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001442)

you guys are slack.

terrorists (-1, Troll)

kdougherty (772195) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001443)

The morning news believes there was terrorist activity involved and apparently Bush is getting in the middle of things... fantastic...

At least they didn't get planes flown into their skyscrapers. I think they are making too big of a deal about it.

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility (5, Informative)

MoonFog (586818) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001444)

Source [sky.com]

A previously unknown group calling itself "Secret Organisation al Qaeda in Europe" said it carried out the attacks.
My thoughts go out to everyone in London!

Militant Islamists Must Die (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001445)

They are a cancer.

We must show no mercy. They are to be eliminated. One by one of necessary or as a whole with one nuke.

Re:Militant Islamists Must Die (1)

rxmd (205533) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001530)

They are to be eliminated. One by one of necessary or as a whole with one nuke.
Nuking London in advance surely would have prevented this. Or what location do you suggest to nuke?

Responsibility (4, Informative)

Simon (S2) (600188) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001447)

BBC News have reports on Spiegel Online that is displaying [spiegel.de] the text that Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for today's attacks in London.

(translation [spiegel.de] )

Mobile network switched off... (1, Interesting)

Phil John (576633) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001449)

...they did this to stop any bombs that had a mobile-based detonation method from going off. The upshot however has been to create more panic as people cannot get hold of friends and family. Managed to get through to my brother who's only a few hundred yards away from old-street station on an old fashioned landline.

Re:Mobile network switched off... (4, Insightful)

orion41us (707362) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001471)

I think it was not so much that the mobile network was switched off rather that it could not handle the load,

Re:Mobile network switched off... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001522)

the network is not overloaded, it's just that the emergency services use mobiles too and their calls are being prioritised. when they've finished talking, you'll be able to make your call :)

Re:Mobile network switched off... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001529)

" The upshot however has been to create more panic as people cannot get hold of friends and family."

The UK government probably decided it was better to scare 10 people than to allow 1 to die.

On the other hand, the terrorists would probably want to scare 10 people rather than kill 1 (though accomplishing both is icing on the cake).

Re:Mobile network switched off... (1)

rsynnott (886713) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001537)

The Vodafone network at least was switched over primarily to emergency services.

News on the Wires saying (1)

osullish (586626) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001450)

9 blasts, 6 underground 3 on buses - Der Spiegel Web site linking to an Al Queda Acceptance of responsibility...

Fucking Animals (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001451)

This is why the War on Terror is so important and must be fought now.

Thugs and animals like these who commit these acts can't be reasoned or negotiated with. We must stand strong and fight them until they are wiped off the face of the Earth.

Let this be a lesson for Londoners and the rest of the world that terrorism can strike anywhere, and appeasing them will only make them stronger.

Re:Fucking Animals (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001506)

Funny. That's exactly what the terrorists say about those they attack.

Re:Fucking Animals (2, Insightful)

senocular (519317) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001521)

The war on terror is exactly why these things happen in the first place. It started with us.

travel updates for Southern england (5, Informative)

dj_paulgibbs (619622) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001452)

London Underground - ALL suspended until further notice (not likely to be today) It is advised NOT to travel into London Marylebone, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Euston, Victoria, Paddington, and Charing Cross are all closed until further notice Thameslink Rail services are not running AT ALL. Brighton and East Croydon stations are closed due to a security alert. According to National Rail Enquiries, Southern trains services are running "normal" services OUT OF LONDON only. Gatwick Express is still running but terminating at Clapham Junction. Heathrow Express has been terminated until further notice. It seems trains are running as far as Clapham Junction. Stations are being periodically closed and re-opened after they have been security checked so do call National Rail enquiries to check your journey first. Trains are of course going to be delayed by varying amounts as a result. Checking your journey by calling national rail enquiries is of course recommended - 08457 484950 option 2 Websites - http://www.networkrail.co.uk/ [networkrail.co.uk] and particularly http://nrekb.com/london_underground.html [nrekb.com]

Bound to happen, unfortunately (0, Flamebait)

syslog (535048) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001454)

It was bound to happen, sooner or later, unfortunately. The US & UK went to war on a country that had done nothing to them (Iraq), and created a fertile breeding ground for terrorists. The results are going to impact us for a long time, I fear.

George Bush & Tony Blair are as much to blame for this atrocity as the idiot terrorists.

naeem

Re:Bound to happen, unfortunately (-1, Flamebait)

Mr. Foogle (253554) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001539)

Right. So you're one of those guys that blames the woman for being raped 'just as much' as the rapist? Or the murder victim 'just as much' as the fellow with the smoking gun?

Grow up. The people to blame for this atrocity are the people that planned and executed it.

Re:Bound to happen, unfortunately (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001546)

I don't mean to be inflammatory, but Iraq was a breeding ground for terrorists before the UK & US came over(this time anyways). That's at least one of the reasons why they are there.

Mobiles (5, Interesting)

Zouden (232738) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001455)

The BBC is speculating that the reason it's been difficult to reach people on their mobiles is because the government switched the network off, in anticipation of phone-triggered bombs.
This is apparently part of the government's planned response to this sort of situation (the bombs in Madrid were triggered by mobile phone).

Re:Mobiles (5, Informative)

ettlz (639203) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001494)

The Government switches off mobiles in London automatically in any state of emergency (terror-related or otherwise) to keep the spectrum free for the emergency services. (See, for example, the Channel 4 documentary Mark Thomas's Secret Map of Britain.)

7 blasts now (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001456)

It seems that there are two on buses and five in the subway.

FYI... (5, Informative)

Noryungi (70322) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001457)

Vodafone and others have warned that emergency services will have priority on the GSM networks. Expect congestion and unreachable people if you try to join them on their cell phones.

Londoners have been warned to stay at home. Commuters have been warned to avoid London.

Re:FYI... (1)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001490)

Many commuters don't have a lot of choice, as at the moment there are no trains entering London (a very few are leaving). It is expected no trains will be arriving any time this afternoon, and probably at all today.

Mobile Phones ... (1)

thempstead (30898) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001458)

... the BBC news site says the following on the problems people are having trying to contact people in London by mobile phone ...

"A spokesman for Vodafone said emergency services were being given priority access to the mobile phone network which was causing problems for other users."

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The real bugger is... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001459)

Alright, it's fairly obvious that we're talking about terrorist attacks here, but what kind of terrorists? Rabid Islamists against the war in Iraq? Rabid anarchists against the G8 summit? Rabid Irish against anything English?

I realize that blaming the Irish may be like Spain blaming the ETA, but the timing suggests it could be aimed more at the G8 than the UK in specific.

Re: The real bugger is... (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001496)


> Alright, it's fairly obvious that we're talking about terrorist attacks here, but what kind of terrorists? Rabid Islamists against the war in Iraq? Rabid anarchists against the G8 summit? Rabid Irish against anything English? I realize that blaming the Irish may be like Spain blaming the ETA, but the timing suggests it could be aimed more at the G8 than the UK in specific.

Doesn't seem to match the traditional mode of anti-G8 violence.

I suspect it's international, and it probably follows the award of the 2012 Olympics to London as a "we can get you" message.

Re:The real bugger is... (2, Funny)

millia (35740) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001543)


the french, upset at not getting the olympics? ;)

all condolences to our British friends; we're thinking of you this morning.
(I'm praying; to each his own.)

Seven explosions (2, Informative)

bobbis.u (703273) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001462)

Apparently it is actually 7 explosions - six on the tube, 1 on a bus. Whole tube network and all buses stopped.

The mobile network gives priority to specially enabled phones for use by the emergency services in circumstances such as this.

I think I can speak for everyone when i say

FUCK THE TERRORISTS

Re:Seven explosions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001545)

do you know who the terrorists are? Probably England's own MI5

Very Sad (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001465)

Dont you /. fuckers realize this isnt some joke, and you arent in your shitty MMORPGs? Get a life and mourn like the rest of us dont make comments like that

Mobile network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001466)

"It's been difficult to reach people on their mobiles."

Because the mobile system was shut down to allow only emergency service traffic. Check the last part.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4659093.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Anti-Callousness (1, Insightful)

Valacosa (863657) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001467)

I think I'll hold off on the jokes until I know whether or not this is serious. I'd hope most people would do the same.

Mobile phone net (4, Informative)

Sallust (614100) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001469)

For those of you interested, the mobile phone network has been switched to a Security Services only mode so members of the public can only make emergency 999 calls.

Quick Links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001470)

BBC [bbc.co.uk]
CNN [cnn.com]

Update: 7 explosions (1)

MoobY (207480) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001477)

There have been 6 explosions on the underground, and one bus has been blasted.

Emergency services are reacting extremely organized and coordinated.

Numbers of casualities are unknown for now.

Blair statement (1)

Mindjiver (71) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001478)

From Tony Blair's statement :

It is particularly barbaric that this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa, and the long term problems of climate change and the environment. Just as it is reasonably clear that this is a terrorist attack, or a series of terrorist attacks, it is also reasonably clear that it is designed and aimed to coincide with the opening of the G8. There will be time to talk later about this.

It is important however that those engaged in terrorism realise that 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 on the world. Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world.

Only two dead so far... (0, Troll)

Bonzor (856075) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001479)

I'm not quite sure this is a TERRORIST attack moreso than a hippy "peaceful protest" attack. Four seperate explosions, yet so little casualties...Perhaps the terrorists wanted to just make their presence heard...or they botched the job. I"m used to hearing a lot more casualties for terrorist bombings...something doesn't seem right here.

Wikinews.org (1)

g_braad (105535) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001481)

See Wikinews for the latest information...

it is also confirmed to be 7 bombs

Wow. (5, Insightful)

ironwill96 (736883) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001483)

I'm amazed at how /.ers make jokes about everything, including people dying in terrorist attacks. We didn't find it very funny when someone crashed planes into our skyscrapers but when Europeans die it's a joke?

Let's be a little bit considerate. Not all /.ers are U.S., i'm sure we have lots of British readers here.

To our British friends (4, Insightful)

wazzzup (172351) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001486)

We stand and mourn with you today. I am truly sorry for the losses you have incurred and weep with you in this terrible moment.

I hope someday my children will understand terrorism as a savage relic of the past but I do not hold much hope for that.

Be strong people of England.

Jobs (2, Interesting)

rxmd (205533) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001489)

I've graduated from university with an M.A. in Islamic Studies, CS and communication theory a couple of months ago. It's really sad to see that this actually creates job opportunities for us. Makes you wish you could afford to stay unemployed.

Transportation and IT Networks (1)

DanielMarkham (765899) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001491)

Looks like the transportation network in London was targeted this morning. I wonder if there are lessons that IT can learn from transportation networks or vice-versa? Transportation networks are mostly hub-and-spoke, and dependent on the trust of the people using them. IT networks are presumably more web-like and automated.
I guess with transportation, the issue of trust can completely shut down the network, while with IT, the network mostly assumed to be trustworthy, with individual packets being suspect. Still, it seems like there should be some cross-over knowledge-sharing when it comes to network security for both types of networks.

Mobile Phones: No contact. (1)

Darvin (878219) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001499)

The reason nobody can contact each other on mobile phones is because the police have had them jammed and switched off on all coverage in central London incase there are any secondary blasts.

It's thought that the bombs were detonated by mobile devices.

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the UK (5, Insightful)

white1827 (848173) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001500)

To preface, we here in the US are certainly sending our thoughts and prayers to the UK today. However, I am disappointed to hear that the stock markets are selling off just because of terrorism. This sort of mindless panic is exactly what they are trying to achieve. To truly defeat terrorism, we have to learn to chin up and plod onward with our lives. If we cower in fear and panic, we allow them to win.

London Blasts (1)

mcwidget (896077) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001501)

Appears to have been a few explosions reported at Liverpool St, Aldgate East, Edgware Rd, Kings Cross, Moorgate and Russel Sq. A bus exploded in Tavistock Sq.

Recently a group calling itself "Secret Organisation al Qaeda in Europe" claimed responsibility. There are a few dead and nearly 200 in hospital according to various news sites.

mcwidget

G8 Protestors should be ashamed (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001503)

Police cover in London and anti-terrorist planning there had been reduced to assist the police numbers and security in Scotland for the G8 conference. The voilence caused by the protestors in the last few days caused everyone to take their eye off the dangers facing London, and that has been exploited to the full by the terrorists. The G8 protestors should be ashamed that their actions have made it easier for the terrorists to do this in London.

Cellphone system near breakdown (3, Insightful)

CdBee (742846) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001504)

I'm 20 miles out but many friends work in London. it's taken several hours to confirm they're all safe

My closest friends were 10 minutes late on the train.. and missed the aldgate bomb by 10 minutes as a result

All the stupid people who thought war could make us safer are to blame for this. Thank you, Tony Blair. You stopped the IRA bombing london then started al Qaida doing it. Sheer fucking genius.

different (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001505)

The English are not like the Americans.
They will get their revenge.

The 7th bomb is at Victoria (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001507)

13:37 BST

As it breaks... (5, Informative)

irokie (697424) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001510)

Been following this for the last 3 hours.
Apparently the Army are now on the streets of london, trying to help EMTs get to the injured, there's a train full of people still stuck underground. Public transport hs been shutdown in London and people are being advised to stay where they are and not go into the city.
Reports are that there were 6 bombs, 3 on buses and 3 on subway trains.

Tony Blair is on his way back to London from the G8 summit in Edinburgh

Allegedly, al Qa'eda are claiming responsibility, but i haven't been able to find a definite source on this.

BBC.co.uk has been swamped, but news.bbc.co.uk is still available (last i checked)

This pisses me off royally... London was set to celebrate getting the Olympics today, huge open air celebrations, but that's all been cancelled. With all the humanitarian work that's been happening in the last weeks, you'd think that malcontents would be a little less belligerent. Progress is being made.
Now the British (who have masses of experience dealing with terrorists) will be pissed off, and the Americans have an excuse to throw their weight around even more...

Also, from talking to people in a few places, everyone seems to be thinking "Are we next?". Yes the British went into Iraq and Afghanistan, but they're been fairly well controlled for the most part. This is extremism at its worst. I don't want to kill the people who did this, i want to slap them in the face and tell them to cop themselves on... this is exactly the opposite of progress.

Some updates (1)

EchoMirage (29419) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001512)

Scotland Yard is reporting that it's "only" four bombings - three in the Underground, and one on a double-decker. The BBC UK [bbc.co.uk] has many reports, pictures, and extended coverage. Tony Blair was visibly shaken, and said that he is leaving the G8 Summit to survey the situation, but will return to the Summit, and the Summit will continue in his absense. Blair said it was "reasonably clear" there had been a series of terrorist attacks.

BBC is just reporting that "an Islamist website has posted a statement - purportedly from al-Qaeda - claiming it was behind the attacks."

Tony Blair is just preparing a second speech right now, surrounded by the other G8 leaders, saying, "We will not allow violence to change our societies or values" and "the perpetrators of today's attacks are bent on destroying human life...today's bombings will not weaken our resolve to uphold the most deeply-held principles of our societies and defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on others. We shall prevail, and they shall not."

London is closed (0, Flamebait)

suttree.com (891029) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001513)

Please call back soon.

this will justify more police state (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001518)

Whoever planted these bombs is causing the most logical effect: more surveillance, ID-laws, secret evidence. Religious fundamentalists (osama and alike) help to justify the destruction of all civil liberty by religious fundamentalists (george bush and alikes). Less evilminded but nevertheless usefull idiots (Tony blair and alikes) have no choice but to follow up. Is this the end of the age of enlightement ?

Coordinated Attack (1)

rchatterjee (211000) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001519)

This coordinated Attack during the high profile first day of the G8 summit screams of Al Qaeda's attack profile.

Slow delay. (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001520)

Took long enough to get the story on here. Everyone asleep? No editors in UK/European timezones?

Some details (5, Informative)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001525)

I was in the midst of this when it happened. The Metropolitan line was halted, then the Jubilee. The train driver announced a "power surge on the combine", which is probably a prearranged message to prevent panic in an emergency. Trains were then brought into the nearest station and the passengers requested to evacuate. The tube staff were very calm and efficient, and I didn't see any panic. There was defnitely a sense that something unusual had happened, and people were mostly silent as we filed out to the sound of recorded evacuation messages.

Anyone trying to contact friends and relatives, please don't panic if you cannot get through. the cellphone networks are being taking in and out of public service so that the emergency services can use them reliably. Same may be true for regular phone lines.

Prime Minister's adress (1)

DarkIye (875062) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001527)

The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has just released an adress from Gleneagles. He has condemned the terrorist attacks, saying that "All [G8 Summit leader attendees] countries have been affected by terrorism" and that "the terrorists will not succeed".

frogs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13001528)

I blame the french

Watch the Law (5, Interesting)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001533)

It will be interesting to see how the government reacts to this. I'm almost certain they will use this to push through laws like the ID cards and maybe even worse.

Any news? (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001536)

- Channel 4 is saying there might have been an incident at South Kensington: can anyone confirm that?
- Anyone in Brighton know why they've closed the station there as well?

Clever (5, Insightful)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 9 years ago | (#13001538)

Whomever did this was very clever. If you look at a map of the London underground/subway, the bombs have taken out all the tube lines in Central London. In effect, the transport network has been crippled.

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