|London Back on its Feet after 'Barbaric' Attack|
Series of blasts leaves over 50 dead and many injured
The city is slowly returning to normal after the horrific series of attacks this Thursday morning.
Police are now saying that the death toll will be over 50 but below 100 with bodies still to be recovered from the incident at Russell Square. Out of 700 people injured, 22 remain in critical condition in hospital.
Apart from the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines there is at least a partial service on all lines. The Piccadilly line has a 5 minute service as far as Hyde Park corner. Many people chose to return to work as normal in the affected areas.
The explosions were initially reported by London Underground to be power surges but later it became clear that they were part of a coordinated terrorist attack.
Anti-terrorist branch head Andy Hayman said each of the bombs contained less than 10lbs of high explosives and they were probably placed on the floor of the Tube trains or, in the case of the bus, on the floor or a seat.
The Prime Minister said in a statement made whilst flanked by the G8 leaders, "Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us."
A web site which has in the past been used by the Al Qaeda terror network has reported that they are claiming responsibility for the attacks. The statement claimed that Britain was "burning with fear and terror". There is little evidence today to support that claim.
Services are now running on most tube lines but there are no services on Circle line. It is hoped a replacement bus service will operate along the northern section of the Circle line. Hammersmith and City line is running a shuttle shuttle between Hammersmith and Paddington. London Underground are also running a bus shuttle between Royal Oak on the H&C and Baker Street
The District line will not run between High St Kensington and Edgware Road or to Olympia and its Wimbledon to High St Kensington service will be reduced.
On the Piccadilly line services will run from Heathrow to Hyde Park Corner every five minutes, Acton Town to Rayners Lane shuttle every 10 minutes. The Piccadilly line central section is unlikely to be opened for some time.
Services around the Kings Cross, Aldgate, and Russell Square areas will be subject to continued suspension.
Silverlink Trains and South West Trains are running a normal service.
July 12, 2005 4:55 PM