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10:07 am on Jul 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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About 2 hours ago there was an explosion at or near Liverpool St station - one of the main commuter gateways. About an hour later a bus exploded in Tavistock Sq. The entire tube network has been shut down.

Reports on the news and from phone calls are wildly speculative. Possibly 5 explosions: Kings Cross station, Edgeware Road station, Old Street station (10 minutes from the office) and the two mentioned. No one knows for sure exactly what is happening and barring the first two explosions the others are unconfirmed. At least one death has been confirmed at this moment in time.

Apparently news sources are using the word 'bombs' for the first time in their reports. Again, all speculative at this point.

No idea what's actuallly happening but every one is getting very anxious and desparate to find out if there have been multiple explosions across town or two unfortunate incidents. Not knowing the extent of what's happening is causing great confusion as over the last couple of hours speculation and rumour are spreading like wildfire.

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I think 3 bus explosions reported. Initially Tube explosions were thought to be due to power surge - I think that has been revised to explosive devices - PM statement at 12.00

10:39 am on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Six separate explosions have been reported but not all of them have been confirmed yet. There have also been "security incidents" at Swindon railway station and in Brighton which may or may not be connected to the events in London.
10:47 am on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said he would make a statement on the London explosions from the G8 summit at 1100GMT (7am Eastern for those in the US).
10:57 am on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Six 'incidents' have been confirmed. Over 100 casulties so far, one death confirmed - more expected. Buses x6 taking casualties to Royal London hospital.

Mobile phone network is back up. Emergency tel number to be issued in next 30 minutes.

Confusion caused at the scene of one incident (Russell Sq) by people stopping to take pics on their mobile phones!

COBRA the UK gov emergency committee has convened in its secure underground bunker. PM to speak at midday.

Unconfirmed report of tube train exploding between Kings Cross and Russell Sq.

11:27 am on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sadly, four deaths confirmed.

Also confirmed are rescue operations in one of the underground tunnels at Kings Cross - though no idea for what as yet. Seven incidents being counted now apparently.

It is thought by 'unconfirmed authorities' that the Russell Sq explosion was the result of a suicide bomber.

Tragic, tragic tragic. So much pain, misery and destruction. Thoughts go out to all those affected; affected so pointlessly.

11:42 am on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There have been a lot of different and confused reports, so it's difficult at this stage to try to untangle what exactly has happened.

There are now thought to have been seven events which may have been explosions: one on a bus at Tavistock Square and six tube-related incidents at Aldgate East, Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Kings Cross, Russel Square and Edgware Road.

The entire series of events is thought to have happened in quick succession from around 08:50 BST onwards.

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stef25> Many groups will claim responsibility in order to win credibility. Boldfaced claims by groups that "they" were responsible is at this stage meaningless.
11:56 am on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Explosives confirmed at four blast sites.

Death toll increasing - bomb on bus now claims 10.

[edited by: Syzygy at 12:04 pm (utc) on July 7, 2005]

12:02 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Terrifiying news, I hope you all safe and well in London.

Another sad day.

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I just spoke to a long time friend and his wife in London ... They said that actual death toll is expected to increase sharply over the day ... So sad ...

God Bless everyone there, and their families ...

12:36 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thankfully I've just had a text message from one of my friends who works at Kings College. I texted her twice earlier when I was contacting everyone else and was worried because she was the only one I wasn't getting a response from.

As I feared, her route on the Northern Line from East Finchley into the centre, put her in Kings Cross right at the time of the explosions. She has told me that she was evacuated out of the tube and walked the rest of the way to work, only to pass Russell Square tube just before the explosion went off there.

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> when will this stop - When we stop pussying footing around with all our PC worry's.

I hear you.

Both my brothers live and work in London..They are both fine thankfully but it was difficult getting through to their mobile phones....

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My thoughts and prayers are certainly in London today. What a horrible thing to wake up to on the news.
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There is a rumour circulating that in Canary Wharf police shot down a man carrying explosives. Can't find any confirmation news reports yet
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I've just heard Brian Paddick, assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, on Radio 4, and he made no mention of anyone being shot.

He did confirm there have been four explosions: on the tube at Kings Cross/Russell Square, at Liverpool St/ Moorgate and at Edgeware Road, plus a bomb on a bus at Woburn Place (Tavistock Square). It seemed to be more at first, according to him, because people were evacuated via different tube stations and there was some initial double-counting (eg ronin's friend got the impression that the Kings Cross and Russell Square bombs were two separate incidents).

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