London police confirm four ”terror” blasts

Published July 21st, 2005 - 03:35 GMT

Explosions hit three London Underground stations and a bus at midday Thursday. The but incident took place on a bus at Hackney, East London. The tube stations at Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush have been closed. One person was wounded.


There were also reports that three armed police officers entered University College Hospital in Bloomsbury near Warren Street station. Men in chemical protection suits have been seen appearing to enter the station, where British Transport Police said one person was wounded.

 

At Warren Street there were reports of shots and a nail bomb explosion. Sky TV said police believed this may have been the sound of detonators going off.

 

One witness told Sky News that passengers tried to prevent a man with a rucksack running away in an Underground station but they failed. At Oval station there were reports of a man dumping a rucksack in a carriage then fleeing as the doors closed.

 

Scotland Yard said emergency services responded to an "incident" on a Number 26 bus in Hackney Road, east London. Bus operator Stagecoach said the driver heard a bang at around 1.30pm and the windows of the double-decker bus were blown out.

 

The London police commissioner confirmed Thursday that four explosions took place in what he described as "a very serious incident." "We've had four explosions - four attempts at explosions," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair said outside police headquarters at Scotland Yard. Explosions on July 7 killed 56 people, including four suicide bombers.

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