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Simran
07-07-2005, 02:58 PM
Is anyone on this forum from London?????? If so, I hope they are ok.


Bus, subway explosions overwhelm London
LONDON (AP)
At least six blasts rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, police said, killing at least two people and injuring nine, prompting officials to shut down the entire underground transport network.

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The near simultaneous explosions came a day after London was awarded the 2012 Olympics and as the G-8 summit was getting underway in Scotland. Initial reports blamed a power surge, but officials were not ruling out an intentional attack.

A senior Israeli official says Scotland Yard told Israel minutes before explosions it had received warnings of possible terror attacks.

"There have been a number of dreadful incidents across London today," said Home Secretary Charles Clarke, Britain's top law enforcement officer. He said there were "terrible injuries."

One witness, Darren Hall, said some passengers emerging from an evacuated subway station had soot and blood on their faces. He told BBC TV that he was evacuated along with others near the major King's Cross station and only afterward heard a blast.

Police confirmed an explosion destroyed a double-decker bus at Russell Square in central London and said they suspected a bomb caused the blast. Dow Jones Newswires reported that police said there were explosions on two others buses.

A witness at the Russell Square blast said the entire top deck of that bus was destroyed.

"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," Belinda Seabrook told Press Association, the British news agency.

She said the bus was packed with people.

"It was a massive explosion and there were papers and half a bus flying through the air," she said.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was hosting the world's most powerful leaders at Gleneagles, Scotland, was expected to make a statement at 7 a.m. ET. It was not clear if the G-8 gathering focusing on climate change and aid for Africa but from which Iraq has largely been left off the agenda would have to be postponed.

Police said incidents were reported at the Aldgate station near the Liverpool Street railway terminal, Edgware Road and King's Cross in north London, Old Street in the financial district and Russell Square in central London, near the British Museum.

London Ambulance Service said several vehicles had been dispatched to the area near Liverpool Street station.

"We believe there was some sort of explosion. There are some walking wounded at Aldgate," said a spokesman for City of London police, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We are not sure of the scale of the incident. Reports are still coming in."

Bradley Anderson, a subway passenger, told Sky News that "there was some kind of explosion or something" as his train reached the Edgware Road station in northeast London.

"Everything went black and we collided into some kind of oncoming train," Anderson said.

Simon Corvett, 26, who was on an eastbound train from Edgware Road station, said: "All of sudden there was this massive huge bang."

"It was absolutely deafening and all the windows shattered," he said. "There were just loads of people screaming and the carriages filled with smoke.

"You could see the carriage opposite was completely gutted," he said. "There were some people in real trouble."

MacAllister
07-07-2005, 03:07 PM
I'm listening to the account on NPR right now--Tony Blair is making his first statement regarding the attacks.

dee3
07-07-2005, 03:12 PM
I just wanted to say that to anyone affected by this terrible tragedy in London, I am praying for all of you and I hope they catch who did this terrible act.

mommie4a
07-07-2005, 03:13 PM
Thoughts and prayers with you from here.

Sheryl Nantus
07-07-2005, 03:34 PM
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs to everyone}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

:(

Skipp
07-07-2005, 03:54 PM
Some small terror group has claimed responsibility, according to reports. Of course, they won't be the last.

Melina
07-07-2005, 04:00 PM
Prayers...


Melina

RMS
07-07-2005, 04:04 PM
My prayers are with London today.

Nivvie
07-07-2005, 04:04 PM
My brother lives just outside and gets the tube into the city to work.

Right now only a couple of fatalities have been confirmed.

It's going to be an odd sight tonight. What with all public transport shut down, everyone's talking about walking home. My brother has 15 miles to go, and some people in his office have more. They're all leaving early to make a start. The pavements are going to be packed with people, while others fight over cabs.

biotales
07-07-2005, 04:10 PM
I have many British friends and my prayers are with them and for the country of England today and always.

Richard
07-07-2005, 04:12 PM
This is going to be interesting. Currently in Amsterdam for a tech conference and due to be flying back to Heathrow tomorrow afternoon...

biotales
07-07-2005, 04:19 PM
This is going to be interesting. Currently in Amsterdam for a tech conference and due to be flying back to Heathrow tomorrow afternoon...
uh Rich, can you rent a row boat or maybe thumb a ride back with a friend.,.. you might want to try walking some.....
My prayers are there....

Richard
07-07-2005, 04:33 PM
Actually, I'm just relieved to have a reason to read the safety cards for once. I've always wondered what they say...

JerseyGirl1962
07-07-2005, 04:37 PM
Hubby and I were stunned and upset over this this morning. We were in London in 1997, stayed at a hotel in the Russell Sq. area (Bloomsbury section of London), so we actually had to get off and on at the Russell Sq. station...

The latest I've heard is that a group linked to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on their website. As with 9/11, only after the authorities have sifted through everything will we find out whether that's true (and another report states that some explosives have been found).

9/11 all over again...I work for a company with a London HQ...everyone there is fine, although one of the blasts was only a couple of miles away...

:heart: Prayers and hugs to all in London and those who have loved ones there.

~Nancy

Simran
07-07-2005, 04:38 PM
news report just came across that 190 people injured (150 of those seriously) 2 have died http://www.asianoutlook.com/forums/images/smilies/1/cry.gif

The roof of a double decker bus was ripped right off from the explosion and at least 4 other explosions on the tube.

Inspired
07-07-2005, 04:51 PM
All those cameras they have watching the public over there should come in handy now.

Alphabet
07-07-2005, 05:01 PM
Well, my nuclear family are the only part of my larger family in Stevenage, the rest are in London, and my husband commutes there everyday, passing often through many of the places today attacked. Noone I know of has been directly affected, and I hope that will also prove true across my internet community - but I cannot feel unaffected myself. Whether or not any of us or anyone we know or regularly communicate with was in the vicinity, this cannot change or diminish the reality that hundreds of people have been involved - their lives hijacked, some permanently. That of course is true of every incident of any scale anywhere in the world.

Nowadays anywhere IS everywhere, and anyone IS everyone.

That's very much what G8 was about too.

For me, I'd rather that my body died than that my soul died, and There will always be the difference between the victims and the perpetrators whenever and wherever this type of thing happens.

I'm not a blairite, never was, and never would be, (and anyway, someone else probably worded his speech), but I agree with the sentiment that we must meet the determination of these people with our own determination - and we must remain committed to our own honourable values despite provocation.

jdkiggins
07-07-2005, 05:44 PM
Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone in England and all who have friends and family there. :Hug2:

Simran
07-07-2005, 05:50 PM
new reports coming in - 40 dead 300 injured

maestrowork
07-07-2005, 05:56 PM
My brother lives just outside and gets the tube into the city to work.

Right now only a couple of fatalities have been confirmed.

It's going to be an odd sight tonight. What with all public transport shut down, everyone's talking about walking home. My brother has 15 miles to go, and some people in his office have more. They're all leaving early to make a start. The pavements are going to be packed with people, while others fight over cabs.

I'm glad you and your brother are okay.

Please keep us posted. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

When I was there, I stayed just two blocks away from Russell Square. It's a really busy station. I shiver just to think about all those people there...
making me sad and mad!!!

biotales
07-07-2005, 05:58 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/
here is a link that you can go to so you can listen first hand...

jdkiggins
07-07-2005, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the link biotales. I never turn on the TV early in the morning for fear of waking Mom. AW and the internet seems to be my only outlet to the news at times. I appreciate this. ((HUGS))

Fractured_Chaos
07-07-2005, 06:21 PM
A live journal community (http://www.livejournal.com/community/london_070705/) has just been set up about this. No hysteria, just info, if anyone is interested.

William Haskins
07-07-2005, 06:21 PM
"In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate, may peace be upon the cheerful one and undaunted fighter, Prophet Muhammad, God's peace be upon him.

Nation of Islam and Arab nation: Rejoice for it is time to take revenge against the British Zionist Crusader government in retaliation for the massacres Britain is committing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The heroic mujahideen have carried out a blessed raid in London. Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern, southern, eastern, and western quarters.

We have repeatedly warned the British Government and people. We have fulfilled our promise and carried out our blessed military raid in Britain after our mujahideen exerted strenuous efforts over a long period of time to ensure the success of the raid.

We continue to warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all the Crusader governments that they will be punished in the same way if they do not withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. He who warns is excused. God says: "You who believe: If ye will aid (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4660391.stm

jdkiggins
07-07-2005, 06:41 PM
This world has been in chaos for centuries and gets worse by the day.
There's no need to ask 'what is this world coming to?' It's been there.
Unfortunately, it gets more explosive as the decades go by.

Horrible! Just horrible!

BradyH1861
07-07-2005, 06:56 PM
My prayers are with the victims and their families, and the men and women of the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police as they deal with the aftermath of the tragedy.

Best wishes,
Brady H.

Fractured_Chaos
07-07-2005, 07:10 PM
If you have friends on Live Journal in the area, and know their usernames, you can find a roll call here (http://www.livejournal.com/community/london_070705/2794.html)

Another site has also been started which lists -real- names, here (http://vinari.co.uk/lb/view.php).

Fractured_Chaos
07-07-2005, 08:39 PM
A US emergency telephone line has been set up for missing Americans on 1-888-407-4747

A hotline has been set up for all Canadians concerned about relatives whom they have a reasonable belief may have been in London. The number is 1-800-387-3124.

Directly taken from http://stat.livejournal.com/img/community.gif (http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=london_070705)london_070705 (http://www.livejournal.com/community/london_070705/), with credit, and thanks to http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif (http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=kraken_wakes)kraken_wakes (http://www.livejournal.com/users/kraken_wakes/) and http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif (http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=savvyfairy)savvyfairy (http://www.livejournal.com/users/savvyfairy/)

Cathy C
07-07-2005, 09:29 PM
My condolences to the families who lost loved ones and for those who were injured. :( I hope you find peace.

JoeEkaitis
07-07-2005, 10:05 PM
We are here for you, just as you have always been for us.

Fractured_Chaos
07-07-2005, 10:29 PM
To check and see if your family members/friends have made contact with officials: 02-5303155 (local Israeli number)


Or go here (http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfaheb/general%20info/matzav/missingInLondon) to report a missing Israeli citizen.

Credit and thanks to http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif (http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=shape5)shape5 (http://www.livejournal.com/users/shape5/)

hpoppink
07-07-2005, 11:04 PM
What a horrible day for London and for the world. My thoughts go out to everyone directly and indirectly affected by this morning's explosions.

Fractured_Chaos
07-07-2005, 11:21 PM
Bomb scare closes Princes Street (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4662043.stm)


Bomb disposal experts have carried out two controlled explosions on board a double decker bus in Edinburgh. Lothian and Borders Police received reports of a suspect package from Princes Street at about 1730 BST.

An area between the Mound and Charlotte Square was cordoned off and all surrounding properties were evacuated.

Police said it was too early to tell what was in the package, which was on a Lothian Transport bus. An investigation is continuing.

A spokesman added: "We are treating seriously the discovery of a package found on a bus in Edinburgh this afternoon in light of the events in London this morning."

He said an area was cleared for 100m around the bus, including that part of Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens.

Shops and offices were asked to evacuate customers from the rear of their premises and traffic diversions were put in place.

Motorists were also asked to avoid the area.


Sounds like peole are getting a little jumpy? I hope that's all it is. :(

awatkins
07-08-2005, 02:19 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Be safe.

BradyH1861
07-08-2005, 02:52 AM
Sounds like peole are getting a little jumpy? I hope that's all it is. :(


Remember when we had the anthrax scare here? Our call load tripled for about two weeks. Everyone and their brother was calling 911 for every wee bit of white powder they found. People would cook something, spill a bit of sugar on their counter, and call us out to check it. Now if it had been antrax on the counter, wouldn't they wonder who put it in their house? I guess not.

Better to be safe than sorry, but boy, being safe can be such a pain sometimes.

Brady H.

jackie106
07-08-2005, 06:03 AM
What a bunch of sick, twisted bastards!

England, you are in our hearts and prayers.

Jackie

Project nachonaco
07-09-2005, 07:13 AM
Oh my God....

I woke up to this news yesterday and INSTANTLY flashed back.

The images of people jumping out of the towers from 9/11 are now replaced by that heroic man leading the woman away.

I have to ask, though, what is that on her face? Bandages? A cover because of debris?

Inspired
07-09-2005, 07:23 AM
I was thinking that it's a mask for burn victims. They don't want any more germs or junk getting on her singed face. I believe severe burns mean open, raw nerves which hurt like heck just feeling the air.

But, I'm not a health professional. That's just my guess.

WriteRead
07-09-2005, 09:38 AM
As an Israeli, I know what they go thru, now, and my heart is w them, aching w them, hurting w them deeply.

This is an entirely new type of war, b/c the enemy is an entirely diff type of warrior, one w/o bounds, w/o limits and w/o any kind of consideration for its victims. It's "The end justifies the means" in its naked, most brutal form.

The West's response should be only actions, not any kind of speeches, talking, deliberations, or pin-pointed investigations, which have only a diminishing and fragmentizating influence on the bigger picture. Only an intelligent and determined kind of defining who is the enemy should be pursued and whoever falls into that category should be caught and dealt with accordingly, under entirely new rules of engagement: Response according to the hit and its nature.

I truly believe that the Western civilization is in great peril. Its way of life is already altered, reflecting the terror actions. In this sense, they had already won and unless we wake up and stand to the task, we're doomed. The sooner, the better.

Dan

Nivvie
07-09-2005, 09:22 PM
I was thinking that it's a mask for burn victims. They don't want any more germs or junk getting on her singed face. I believe severe burns mean open, raw nerves which hurt like heck just feeling the air.

But, I'm not a health professional. That's just my guess.

Yes, you're right, it's a facial burns dressing.