Thursday, July 07, 2005

 

Terrorist Attack: London

Whoever thinks this wasn't a planned attack shouldn't bother poking their nose into criminal justice affairs.
Terror struck in the heart of London on Thursday as explosions ripped through three subway trains and blasted the roof off a crowded red double-decker bus. At least 37 people were killed and more than 700 wounded in the deadliest attack on the city since the blitz in World War II.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed Islamic extremists and said the bombings were designed to coincide with the opening in Scotland of a G-8 summit of the world's most powerful leaders. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the bombings — which came the day after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics — have the "hallmarks of an al-Qaida-related attack."

London police said they could confirm at least 37 people had been killed. But French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said the death toll was 50, citing a conversation with his British counterpart, and Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Friday said the toll was 52; he did not disclose the source of his information.

Police said there had been no warning and that the blasts at three subway stations went off within 26 minutes, starting at 8:51 a.m. in an Underground train just outside the financial district. Authorities initially blamed a power surge but realized it was a terror attack after the bus bombing near the British Museum at 9:47 a.m. — less than an hour after the first explosion.
If this doesn't convince some people that we must attack terrorists and terrorism, two closely related, yet vastly differing entities, then I don't know what to say. I've been working on a long, yet detailed post about terrorism and the mindstate of terrorists that I'll be posting soon.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff issued a statement, asking state and local law enforcement agencies to be aware of any possible threats.
We have asked state and local leaders and transportation officials to increase their protective measures, including additional law enforcement police, bomb detecting canine teams, increased video surveillance, spot-testing in certain areas, added perimeter barriers, extra intrusion detection equipment, and increased numbers of inspection of trash receptacles and other storage areas.

We ask the public to remain alert and to report any suspicious activity, particularly in or around transportation systems to local police authorities. But we are not suggesting that people avoid public transportation systems; rather we are asking that they use those systems, but with an increased awareness of their surroundings.
Per Kevin Roderick, the LAPD and LASD issued a modified tactical alert over Los Angeles City and County, respectively.
In response to the London bombings, the LAPD is on modified tactical alert and the operations command center has been activated. It's a precaution and not due to a specific threat, Mayor Villaraigosa said at a press conference just after 7 a.m. with Chief Bratton and Sheriff Baca.

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