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INDEPTH: LONDON BOMBING
London blasts timeline
CBC News Online | July 22, 2005

On Thursday, July 7, 2005, just before 9 a.m., four suicide bombers blew themselves up, three on London subway trains and one on a bus. The explosions killed 56 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 700 others.

The entire London Underground was closed for the day, and cellular telephone systems were jammed, leading to commuter chaos.

The following is a timeline of the events of July 7, 2005, in London.

All times in local time.

8:50 a.m. Three co-ordinated explosions occur in London's subway system nearly simultaneously:
  • On a Circle line train about 100 metres from Liverpool Street station; kills seven people.
  • On a train between Russell Square and King's Cross; kills 21 people.
  • On a train leaving Edgware Road station; kills seven people.
8:51 a.m. British transport police receive a report of an incident on Metropolitan Line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate.

9:15 a.m. Media reports say an explosion has been reported and emergency services are headed to Liverpool Street Station.

9:24 a.m. Transport police say cause of emergency could be a collision of two trains, a power cut, or an exploded power cable. Police report some minor injuries.

9:33 a.m. The London Underground is shut down. Passengers told a power fault across network is to blame.

9:33 a.m. Another incident at Edgware Road Station is reported.

9:40 a.m. Transport police report power surge incidents at five Underground stations: Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross, Old Street and Russell Square.

9:47 a.m. A bomb blows the roof off a double-decker bus at the intersection of Tavistock Square and Upper Woburn Place, killing 13 people and damaging nearby cars.

10:02 a.m. Scotland Yard says it is responding to a major incident.

10:14 a.m. Reports emerge of a bus torn apart by an explosion in central London.

10:21 a.m. Scotland Yard says there have been multiple explosions in London.

10:23 a.m. Transport police confirm explosion on a bus at Tavistock Place.

10:25 a.m. The BBC says British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in Scotland for G-8 summit, is unsure if explosions are a terrorist attack.

10:25 a.m. Two buses reported damaged in explosion. Eyewitnesses say a double-decker bus was blown into the air.

10:39 a.m. All hospitals in London are put on major incident alert.

10:49 a.m. Police report serious casualties, but don't confirm any deaths.

10:51 a.m. Police say two trains stuck in tunnels at Edgware Road. A passenger says he saw bodies in the wreckage.

10:55 a.m. Reuters reports at least 90 casualties at Aldgate Station.

11:18 a.m. The BBC speaks with London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair. He says he knows of "about six explosions" on a bus and at Underground stations, calls the situation confusing and advises Londoners to stay put.

11:26 a.m. European Parliament President Josep Burrell blames terrorism for co-ordinated attacks and "confirmed deaths."

11:30 a.m. Signs on highways into London issue warning: "Avoid London. Area Closed. Turn on Radio."

12:05 p.m. Blair issues statement regarding "series of terrorist attacks in London." Blair says he will go to London and that the G-8 summit will continue in his absence.

12:39 p.m. Reuters reports that an unknown group calling itself the Secret Group of al-Qaeda's Jihad in Europe issues statement on website claiming responsibility for attack.

12:57 p.m. Home Secretary Charles Clarke confirms four explosions, three in subways, one on a bus.

1:07 p.m. G-8 leaders meeting in Scotland condemn attacks and say they will remain united in fight against terrorism.

1:25 p.m. Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves the G-8 summit by helicopter to return to London.

1:30 p.m. Hospital officials report 190 people injured in explosions.

1:32 p.m. U.S. President George W. Bush, at G-8 summit, says he has told security officials back home to be extra vigilant.

1:42 p.m. London police official says traces of explosives found at two blast sites.

1:44 p.m. Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, calls the attacks appalling and calls on religious leaders to work for the well-being of the U.K.

2:18 p.m. A spokeswoman for Transport for London identifies the bus hit by the explosio

n: a Number 30 going from Hackney to Marble Arch. 2:58 p.m. The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, condemns "the perpetrators of what appears to be this series of co-ordinated attacks."

3:10 p.m. Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives in London.

3:33 p.m. London Ambulance Service officials say 45 people suffered serious injuries, such as severe burns, amputations and blast injuries. Another 300 sustained minor injuries, such as lacerations and smoke inhalation.

3:55 p.m. The U.S. raises its terror alert level to "orange" for rail and subway systems, but not for airports.

4:09 p.m. Officials with Transport for London announce that subway lines will remain closed. Surface train stations, except King's Cross and Victoria, are reopened.

4:35 p.m. The Union Jack over Buckingham Palace is lowered to half-mast at the request of the Queen.

4:53 p.m. A spokesman for the Department of Culture says all government buildings will fly the flag at half-mast the day following the bombings.

5:32 p.m. Prime Minister Tony Blair vows to bring those who carried out the bombings to justice. He says the bombers "act in the name of Islam," but that he knows most Muslims deplore acts of terrorism.

5:53 p.m. The UN Security Council unanimously passes a resolution condemning the attacks on London, calling any act of terrorism "a threat to peace and security."

7:40 p.m. U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says the attacks have many similarities to al-Qaeda attacks. Straw says neither U.K. intelligence services nor the London police had any warning of the bombings.

9:05 p.m. Prime Minister Tony Blair returns to Gleneagles for the G-8 summit.

11:41 p.m. Police reopen most of the roads previously blocked off in central London, except for Woburn Place, Tavistock Place, Burton Street and Flaxman Terrace.




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