London bombings

London bombings
(July 2005)
   A series of coordinated bomb attacks that first struck London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour of 7 July, three on the underground trains and one on a bus. The explosions created massive disruption of the capital’s transport and telecommunications infrastructure. Fifty-six people were killed, including the four suicide bombers, and some 700 injured. An attempted attack took place two weeks later (21 July) when a second series of bombs failed to detonate. In this case, all of the suspected terrorists were arrested and there were no casualties.
   These suicide bombings, believed to be the first in Western Europe, were initially thought to be the work of al-Qaeda which soon claimed responsibility for them. They are now believed to have been home-grown terrorist actions committed by radical Muslims operating on a shoestring budget.
   See also: Islamophobia, terrorism

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