According to Sky News, Bombers have again targeted London’s transport system – with up to four explosions reported.
*Passengers reported one blast at Warren Street station off Tottenham Court Road in central London.
*There has also been an incident on a bus in Hackney, East London.
*Stations at Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd’s Bush have been closed
Tony Blair said that although the incidents had to be treated as seriously, there had been no reports of casualties.
“We know why these things are done – they are done to scare people,” he told a news conference.
Fox News: London Official Confirms Subway Blasts
Police said there was one report of an injury.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair described the incident as “serious.”
“We’ve had four explosions — four attempts at explosions,” Blair said outside police headquarters at Scotland Yard. “At the moment the casualty numbers appear to be very low … the bombs appear to be smaller” than those detonated July 7.
Exactly two weeks after four suicide bombers wreaked havoc in the London rush hour, large parts of the capital were again brought to a standstill today by apparent copycat attacks on three Tube trains and a bus.
BBC; London Tube alert
The Guardian Unlimited; Alerts around London
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The Washington Post reports that police are “investigating what police are calling “attempted explosions” or small bombs Thursday at three Central London subway stations and on a double decker bus.”
MSNBC; ‘Screaming for someone to stop him’
LONDON – Staff at a central London hospital were told Thursday to look out for an Asian or black man with wires protruding from his shirt after witnesses reported seeing someone of that description fleeing an Underground station hit by a small blast, British TV reports said.
“Everyone was screaming for someone to stop him. He ran past me … and he ran out of the station. In fact he left a bag on the train,” she said of the incident at Warren Street station in central London.
From the AP; Blasts Hit 3 London Subway Stations, Bus
LONDON – Explosions struck three London Underground stations and a bus at midday Thursday in a chilling but less deadly replay of the suicide bombings that killed 56 people two weeks ago.
We can’t minimize incidents such as this,” Blair said during a news conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard. “They’re done to scare people, to frighten them and make them worried.”
The Guardian Unlimited; Blair: “we’ve just got to react calmly”
“Fortunately there appear to have been no casualties. We’ve just got to react calmly, get on with our business as normal.”