Britain shaken up by volley of terrorist attacks
- On 7 July 2005, four suicide bombers with explosives in their rucksacks attacked central London, killing 52 people, injuring hundreds more.
- The first three bombs exploded on underground trains just outside Liverpool Street, Edgware Road station and between King's Cross and Russell Street; last on a double-decker bus in Travistock Square.
- This was the single worst terrorist catastrophe on British soil.
World reacts to 7/7 London bombings
- The attacks were condemned the world over, with support pouring in from everywhere.
- US President George Bush signed a book of condolence on visiting the British embassy on 8 July after the G8 summit in Scotland.
- In Australia and New Zealand, flags were ordered to fly at half-mast.
- On 14 July, a 2 minute silence was held throughout Europe in memory of the attacks.
With record bandwidth, 7/7 attacks beat Michael Jackson
BBC Online website reported an all-time bandwidth record of 11 Gb/s signifying the number of people wired on the website; before this the Michael Jackson verdict with 7.2 Gb/s held the record.
Who was behind the deadly attacks?
- On 13 August 2005, The Independent reported (quoting MI5) that the bombers had acted independently of al-Qaeda terrorist group with a mastermind some place abroad.
- On 1 September, there were reports of Al-Qaeda taking responsibility for the terror attacks in a videotape broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.
- However, it was later found out that the bombers weren't directly assisted by Al-Qaeda.
England's grief gets a befitting memorial
- Prince Charles paid tribute to those lost in the 7 July 2005 London bombings by unveiling a memorial dedicated to them in Hyde Park.
- The Prince of Wales was joined by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Minister for London Tessa Jowell.
- The 52 stainless steel pillars (for every life lost) symbolised "the random nature of the loss of life" according to architects Carmody Groarke.
London fighting against terrorism ever since
According to Met's Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, ever since the 7/7 terror bombings in London almost 50 terror attacks have been foiled which would have resulted in fatalities.
Remembering those lost to 7/7 London bombings
- Marking the 10th Anniversary of the 52 people killed in the 7/7/2005 attacks, flowers were laid in Hyde Park, Tavistock Square, and Edgware Road Tube station.
- Amongst those who laid the wreaths were Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
- A service in the memory of departed is expected to take place at St. Paul's Cathedral.
British PM tweets about the attacks
David Cameroon tweeted, "Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat continues to be as real as it is deadly - but we will never be cowed by terrorism."