London Bombings Timeline
Thursday, 7th July 2005
|AT least 33 people are dead and hundreds have been injured in
terrorist strikes on London which caused four explosions on tube lines and
bus routes today.
Here is a timeline of events:
8.51AM: Seven people are killed in an explosion on a Circle or Central line train 100 yards from Liverpool Street Underground station.
The blast happens in the region of Moorgate, Liverpool Street and Aldgate stations.
8.56AM: A total of 21 people are killed following a blast on the Underground close to Russell Square and King's Cross stations.
9.15AM: First report from the Press Association of emergency services called to London's Liverpool Street Station to reports of an explosion
9.17AM: Five people are killed in an explosion at Edgware Road Underground station. Police said a blast ripped through a carriage, a wall and into two other trains.
9.24AM: British Transport Police say there are reports of one person suffering a life-threatening injury and several "walking wounded".
9.33AM: All London Underground services are suspended - the network says it as the result of a power fault across the network.
9.33AM: London Underground tells the Press Association there has been "another incident at Edgware Road" station.
9.40AM: British Transport Police say power surge incidents - some causing explosions - have occurred on the Underground at Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross, Old Street and Russell Square stations.
9.47AM: An unknown number of people die when an explosion tears through the back of the number 30 Hackney to Marble Arch bus. The blast happens at the junction of Woburn Square and Tavistock Place.
10.00AM: The National Grid, which supplies power to the Underground, confirms there have been no problems with its system.
10.02AM: Scotland Yard says its officers are assisting with what has been termed a "major incident" and confirms there have been casualties.
10.10AM: It is confirmed that Prime Minister Tony Blair is being updated on the chaos in the capital between meetings with heads of state at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles.
10.13AM: Union officials tell the Press Association that they have been told there has been at least one explosive device on the Underground.
10.14AM: Eyewitness Belinda Seabrook tells the Press Association how she saw an explosion rip though a bus as it approached Russell Square.
10.21AM: Scotland Yard confirms there have been "multiple explosions" in London.
10.23AM: British Transport Police confirm there has been an explosion on a bus in Tavistock Square.
11:39AM: Security at Buckingham Palace is stepped up in the aftermath of the blasts, police with machine guns and army personnel seal off the area.
11:47AM: Terrorism expert Professor Paul Wilkinson, of St Andrews University, says it is clear "a major terrorist attack" has taken place with "all the trademarks of the Al Qaida".
11:48AM: The FTSE 100 Index plunges more than 200 points today as the City reacts to the disaster.
11:50AM: A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said all flights were taking off, though Israeli flights were experiencing extra security measures.
11.52AM: All London hospitals are full, police confirm.
12NOON: Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses the nation and confirms an unknown number of people have died and others have been seriously injured in a series of terrorist attacks in London. He claims they are timed to coincide with the G8 summit.
12:05PM: Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Rt Hon Richard Chartres says: "This is a grave day for London."
12:07PM: Mr Blair says the attack are "barbaric" and says the people of Britain were more determined to defend the values they hold dear than the terrorists were to destroy them.
12:11PM: Ambulances from across the home counties travel to London to help ferry the injured to hospitals.
12:15PM: Paramedics confirm people remain trapped at King's Cross station.
12:28PM Asked if this was the terrorist attack on London Scotland Yard had long feared, Sir Ian Blair said: "It may be, it probably is and we are very concerned about it.
12:29PM: Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the "heinous crimes" underlined the need for international action against terrorism.
12:46PM: Pope Benedict XVI says the attacks are "inhuman".
12:51PM: Scotland Yard says it still cannot yet confirm the number of dead and stresses operations are continuing to recover people from the Underground.
12:57PM: Terrorists calling themselves the Secret Organisation Group of al Qaida of Jihad Organisation in Europe claim responsibility for the London attacks on an Islamic website.
13:03PM: Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick said initial reports were that 150 people had been seriously injured in the blasts.
13:08PM: G8 leaders, in a joint statement, condemn the "barbaric" attacks on London.
13:12PM: The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, says the city is the target of a "cowardly terrorist attack" and Londoners responded "calmly and courageously".
13:17PM: Workers across London are told to return home as soon as they can and those still travelling to work are urged to turn back.
13:24PM: Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said the British people would not be "cowed" by terrorists.
13:25PM: Prime Minister Tony Blair boards his helicopter to leave the G8 Summit at Gleneagles and return briefly to London.
13:33PM: The Queen said she was "deeply shocked" by the terrorist attacks and sent her sympathy to those affected.
13:33PM: US President George W Bush, speaking at the Gleneagles G8 summit, condemns the attacks. He says: "We will not yield to these people - we will not yield to the terrorists".
13:38PM: Prince William, who is on tour in New Zealand, was said to be "very concerned" at the events.
13:45PM: Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said the initial estimate is of 150 seriously injured and "many more" walking wounded.
14:16PM: The Muslim Council of Britain says it "utterly condemns the perpetrators of what appears to be a series of co-ordinated attacks".
14:18PM: Transport for London confirm the the bus hit by the explosion was a number 30, travelling from Hackney to Marble Arch.
14:58PM: Euston and Paddington stations re-open.
15:06PM: Scotland Yard issues a casualty hotline number 0870 1566 344.
15:08PM: Respect MP George Galloway says Londoners had "paid the price" for Tony Blair's decision to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a provocative statement he calls on the Prime Minister to withdraw the British troops from Iraq in order to remove people in the UK from "harm's way".
15:21PM: A day after celebrating London's 2012 Olympic win, bid chairman Lord Coe said: "The entire staff of the London 2012 team are shocked and deeply saddened by today's tragic events in London."
15:26PM: Police confirm at least 33 people were killed in the series of terrorist blasts in London.
15:26PM: Witnesses report the front of the British Medical Association building, near the bus blast, is splattered with blood to a height of around 15ft.
15:29PM: DAC Paddick confirms the numbers of deaths in the Underground strikes, but cannot confirm the deaths in the bus blast.
15:31PM: Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives back at Downing Street.
15:42PM: The Prime Minister begins a Cobra meeting, a committee of various senior ministers and security officials.
15:52PM: Mr Paddick says police do not know if the bus blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a package.
16:06PM: Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said: "The appalling events in London this morning have shocked us all."
16:19PM: Ken Knight, Fire Commissioner for London Fire Brigade, said 200 firefighters in 40 fire engines attended the various incidents in London.
16:35PM: The Union Flag flying over Buckingham Palace is lowered to half mast, at the Queen's request, in a mark of respect for the dead and injured.
16:52PM: Police confirm a total of 252 specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police and the City of London police have been flown home from the G8 summit to the capital.
17:02PM The Union Flag will be flown at half mast on all Government buildings tomorrow, officials confirmed today.
17:13PM: Union sources said the number 30 bomb blast bus was on diversion after it emerged the driver had stopped to ask the name of the street, shortly before the vehicle exploded.
17:26PM: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "devastated" by the attacks but expressed confidence in the British spirit.
17:29PM: The RAC reported that by late afternoon, major routes out of London such as the M25 and the M4 were jammed.
17:33PM: Prime Minister Tony Blair promised there would be the "most intense police and security service action to make sure we bring those responsible to justice."
18:19PM: Transport Secretary Alistair Darling vows to restore London's transport system as soon as possible.
18:23PM Bogus reports are appearing on the internet of "non-existent attacks on minority ethnic groups" as a result of today's blasts, a senior policeman said.
18:26PM: Police said the number of fatalities stood at 37. They said 21 were killed at King's Cross/Russell Square, seven died at Edgware Road, seven died at Liverpool Street and two died on the bus at Upper Woburn Place.
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