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7 July 2005 London bombings

attacks on the London public transport system on 7 July 2005

The 7 July 2005 London bombings (also called 7/7) were suicide bomb attacks aimed at London's public transport system during the morning rush hour. They were carried out by British Muslim extremists.

7 July 2005 London bombings
Part of terrorism in the United Kingdom and Islamic terrorism in Europe
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3
1
Liverpool Street station
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Edgware Road
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King's Cross St Pancras/Russell Square
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Tavistock Square
LocationLondon, England
Date7 July 2005; 14 years ago (2005-07-07)
08:49 - 09:47 (UTC+01:00)
TargetPublic aboard London Underground trains and a bus in Central London
Attack type
Suicide bombings
WeaponsIEDs
Deaths56 (including the 4 bombers)
Non-fatal injuries
784
PerpetratorsHasib Hussain
Mohammad Sidique Khan
Germaine Lindsay
Shehzad Tanweer
MotiveIslamic terrorism

At 08:50, three bombs exploded within fifty seconds of each other on three London Underground trains. A fourth exploded an hour later at 09:47 on a bus in Tavistock Square. The explosions were caused by home-made bombs. The bombs were packed into rucksacks and set off by the bombers themselves.

A memorial was made in Hyde Park, London on the 7 July 2009. This had 52 stainless steel pillars, one for each murder victim. They were arranged in four clusters for the four bomb sites.[1] 52 died and over 700 were injured in the attack.[2][3]

After this attack there was a police reform in the UK. Many police in London are authorised to carry firearms. London is always on high alert for terrorism. The police are supported by the Serious Organised Crime Agency and MI6.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Woodman, Ellis. 7/7 Memorial in London's Hyde Park , The Daily Telegraph, July 7, 2009; Tributes paid at 7 July memorial, BBC News, July 7, 2009.
  2. "BBC NEWS - INDEPTH - LONDON ATTACKS". news.bbc.co.uk.
  3. http://www.emergency-management.net/london_bomb.htm