londonexplosions

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Published on March 14, 2008

Author: avsar

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London Public Transportation Explosions:  London Public Transportation Explosions July 7, 2005 William Alfano Western Europe Regional Coordinator Overview:  Overview Four explosions occurred in Central London between 8:51 a.m. and 9:47 a.m. (local time) Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) detonated on 3 trains and 1 red double-decker bus Initial reports have confirmed over 35 fatalities and approximately 300 injuries Prime Minister Tony Blair stated the attacks were meant to disrupt the G-8 Summit The attacks resemble the hallmarks of al-Qaida-inspired modus operandi – but there is no confirmation of international terrorism Location of Attacks:  Location of Attacks Between Aldgate East and Liverpool Street Underground tube stations (Train) Between King's Cross and Russell Square stations (Train) At Edgware Road Station (Train) Between Euston and Russell Square Stations at Tavistock Square (Bus # 30 from Hackney to Mable Arch) Aldgate East Station Attack:  Aldgate East Station Attack 8:51 a.m. (local time) - An IED detonated on a Circle line Underground train between the Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations in the city’s financial district 7 confirmed fatalities (12:00 p.m. EST) Press reports indicate 90 people were wounded in the explosion King’s Cross Station Attack:  King’s Cross Station Attack 8:56 a.m. (local time) - An IED detonated on a Piccadilly Line tube train between the King’s Cross and Russell Underground station 12:15 p.m. (local time)– Local officials reported that victims were still trapped at King's Cross station – the most difficult recovery site 21 confirmed casualties (11:00 a.m. EST) Slide7:  King’s Cross / Russell Square Edgware Road Station Attack:  Edgware Road Station Attack 9:17 a.m. (local time) - An IED was detonated on a Circle line Underground train 200 meters from the Edgware Road Station The train was heading toward Paddington Station (a transfer point to Heathrow Airport) The explosion blew through a wall affecting 2 trains passing by the attack site 5 confirmed fatalities (12:00 p.m. EST) Tavistock Square Bus Attack:  Tavistock Square Bus Attack 9:47 a.m. (local time) – An IED detonated on the #30 double-decker bus at the junction of Upper Woburn Square and Tavistock Place The IED was detonated in the back of the top deck of the bus that blew off the roof 2 fatalities have been confirmed Fatalities and Injuries:  Fatalities and Injuries Press reports have confirmed 37 fatalities (3:00 p.m. EST) Over 300 victims have been treated at London hospitals and emergency response centers Numbers are expected to increase as victim recovery continues No American Citizen fatalities have been reported (1:00 p.m. EST) 2005 Copyright BBC News Claim of Responsibility:  Claim of Responsibility On July 7, 2005, a previously unknown group, "The Secret Organization Group of Al-Qa'ida of Jihad Organization in Europe [Jama'at al-Tanzim al-Sirri, Tanzim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Urupa], posted a statement claiming responsibility for the attack was posted on the jihadist website Al-Qal'ah The statement referred to the U.K.’s military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan The statement also warned Italy and Denmark to withdraw their troops The credibility of this statement has not been confirmed Possible Motivations:  Possible Motivations Coordinated attacks to disrupt the G-8 Summit Attack and disrupt traffic into the Financial District of central London, a symbolic economic target Target the second-largest Coalition Force supporter in Iraq Transportation System Update (as of 4:45 p.m. local time):  Transportation System Update (as of 4:45 p.m. local time) The Metropolitan Police has advised that people should check route details and begin to make their way home. With services likely to remain disrupted passengers should allow considerable extra time for their homeward journeys and continue checking travel information, as the status of services will continue to change. TfL customer information line: 020 7222 1234 or visit www.tfl.gov.uk/realtime The current status of London Underground, London Buses the DLR and Victoria Coach Station are: London Underground The network is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day. London Underground staff will be working through the night in an effort to restore services to parts of the network tomorrow. Buses From 3pm London Buses resumed services in Zone 1 although service delays are likely to continue. Services around the Kings Cross, Aldgate, and Russell Square areas will be subject to continued suspension or diversion and more details will be released when it becomes clear. Additional Police Officers and wardens will be stationed at key locations and regular extra security checks will continue to take place on each bus, at all bus stations and garages for the foreseeable future. DLR Full services have resumed following a Police sweep of the network. But Bank, Stratford and Canning Town - where the DLR interchanges with the Tube - will be closed. Victoria Coach station The station is open and National Express is going to start running a restricted service. British Government Response:  British Government Response Security increased at all major transportation hubs around the country: ports, airports, rail and bus stations, ferries and tunnels The police and emergency services implemented the London Emergency Plan Recalled 250 police assets from G-8 Summit to assist Advised against travel to or around London U.S. Embassy London Response:  U.S. Embassy London Response Warden Message http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_web/acs/warden_message_July2005.htm The U.S. Embassy is closed to the public, except for emergency services, until further notice. For inquiries about the welfare and whereabouts of American citizens who may have been in the vicinity of the explosions, please contact the Department of State 24-hour call center number at 001-888-407-4747. European and U.S. Responses:  European and U.S. Responses Many countries, including Italy, U.S., France, Spain, and Belgium, increased mass transit security levels and security at shopping centers, diplomatic missions, and other locales, as precautionary measures. Italy: alert raised to MAXIMUM U.S: mass transit level raised to Code ORANGE France: increased level from ORANGE to RED Belgium: additional security at EU and NATO HQs Emergency Telephone Numbers:  Emergency Telephone Numbers Bureau of Consular Affairs Call Center: 1-888-407-4747 U.S. Embassy in London: +44(020) 7499-9000 OSAC, 24/7: 202-309-5056 London Metropolitan Police Service: continues to respond to “999” emergency calls but cautions that non-emergency calls will have a seriously delayed response. London’s Casualty Bureau: +44 0870 1566344 Internet Resources :  Internet Resources U.S. Embassy London: http://london.usembassy.gov OSAC: http://ds-osac.org Metropolitan Police Service: http://www.met.police.uk London Underground: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/ Thames Clipper River Ferry Service: www.thamesclippers.com National Rail Service: http://www.nrekb.com/london_underground.html Slide21:  Contact Information Billy Alfano Western Europe Regional Coordinator 571-345-2235 [email protected]

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