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Explosions Cause Chaos Across London


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Sep 10, 2004
A series of explosions on the London Underground and on three buses have left several people injured and caused services to be suspended across the city.

The immediate cause of the Tube blasts, the first of which was reported at 8.49am at Aldgate station, was described by the British Transport Police as a power surge. The BTP confirmed there were a number of “walking wounded” and one report of a person classed as “life at risk”.

Four other incidents were reported at Edgeware Road station, King’s Cross, Old Street and Russell Square.

There were also reports of explosions on three buses, one of which happened in Tavistock Square just minutes after the blasts on the Underground.

“I saw lots of people running up a road and then saw the top of a bus destroyed,” an eyewitness told Sky News.

Passengers spoke of hearing a “huge thud’’at Edgware Road station and travellers emerged from tunnels covered in blood and soot and with torn clothing.

An eyewitness at Aldgate reported smoke rising from the station and commuters with burns leaving the scene as the area was evacuated.

Shares on the FTSE 100 lost almost 1 per cent after the blasts, which come just a day after London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympics in a closely fought contest with Paris.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said of the Aldgate incident: “We have just sent some resources to the scene. We have sent a number of vehicles to Liverpool Street station.“

At least 33 people have been killed and 1,000 injured in a series of terror attacks on London.

The first blast hit a train leaving Liverpool Street Station between Moorgate and Aldgate East at 8.51am. Seven people are confirmed dead in that blast.

At 8.56am a blast occured on a train between King's Cross and Russell Square killing 21 people.

Five people were killed in a blast at Edgware Road Tube station. Three trains are believed to have been hit by this explosion at 9.17am.

At 9.47am a number 30 bus at Upper Woburn Place was hit by a fourth blast. Emergency services could not confirm the number of dead in this attack.

A previously unknown group calling itself "Secret Organisation al Qaeda in Europe" said it carried out the attacks as revenge for British "military massacres" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

London hospitals have reported a total of 300 wounded after a series of blasts hit locations across the city on buses and Tube stations.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said there was evidence of explosives at least two sites.