Note: Obviously this is breaking fast. Updates chronological from top down. And more Wizbang content is below, I’m keeping this at the top for another hour or 2.
Tony Blair is leaving G8. I missed it but apparently he made a very strong speech from the G8.
FoxNews is now saying it was 4 bombs but because the bombs were underground so the explosions went to multiple topside locations and therefor people thought there were 7 attacks.
“The tube” (subway system) has been shut down.
Fox news: Scotland yard: 4 attack locations, 7 bombs. (confused yet?)
WaPo 2 dead 190 injured — Al Qeada claims responsibility threatens Danish and Italians if they don’t pull troops from Iraq.
Bush Speaking: Stepping up security in US transportation systems. “Terrorism bad we good” (ok I paraphrased.)
Mayor of London speaking from Singapore: Terrorism plan being executed. “Do not travel, stay at home until all clear is given.” It’s terrorism. (duh) Heh- London Mayor smack talks the terrorists. This was better than “Bring it on.” I’ll try to get a print quote. Great Speech. Would have made Churchill proud.
Netanyahu Changed Plans Due to Warning
JERUSALEM – British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday’s explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said.
Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the subway stop where one of the blasts occurred, and the warning prompted him to stay in his hotel room instead, government officials said.
Israel now denies, see below.
OK Fox is doing a wrapup: AP Confirmed 3 in tube, one in a bus. Airports in Britain open.
Scotland yard: 7 explosions / London Metropolitan police say 6
Underground rescues in progress.
300 hospitalized 150 serious – Fox reporter in London (Sky news) 7 bombs still working guess on explosions.
(since someone asked via mail, London is 5 hours ahead of New York BTW)
Yahoo Slide Show It is rather lame since most of the damage is underground. (link fixed)
Al Qeada Letter Claiming Responsibility
“Rejoice, community of Muslims,” the letter states. “The heroic mujahedeens today conducted an attack in London,” it continues. All of Great Britain is now shaken and shocked, “in the north, the south, west and east.” “We’ve warned the British government and the British people time and again,” the letter adds. “We’ve kept our promise and have carried out a blessed military operation.”
“We continue to warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all other crusader governments.” We demand that all countries pull their troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, states the letter, which has been signed by the “Secret Organization — al Qaida in Europe.”
While G8 meetings normally bring out the environments terrorists and kooks, I’m pretty sure this is going to be Al Qeada.
Skynews: 45 dead, 1000 wounded, 150 serious — [In Britain they use the word casualties to mean anyone injured. (as opposed to in the States where we mean deaths) so if you hear “1000 casualties” it means injuries. FYI]
Fellow Wizbanger and Townhaller Mary Katharine Ham sends a snippet from the London Mayor’s smack talking the terrorists I mentioned above. She is liveblogging the attack here. Thanks MKH.
“I know that you personally do not fear to take your own life…but I know you do fear that you will fail in your long-term goals…Look at our airports, looks at our railway stations …People from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners…They come to be free…They flee you because you tell them how they should live…and nothing you ever do will stop that flight to our cities, where freedom is strong. No matter how many you kill, you will fail.”
We’ll fight them on the beaches!
Related: AP Cairo: Al Qeada is claiming they have killed Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq.
3 Trains still trapped underground.
Press Conference in London with official numbers… (A clearer picture is starting to emerge)
First Bombing: 100 yards into train tunnel 7 confirmed fatalities.
Second bombing: Train bombing, 21 confirmed fatalities
Third Bombing: 3 trains involved with 5 confirmed fatalities
Fourth Bombing: Bus pictured above – Some fatalities but can not confirm numbers
They have to inspect every train before they can run them again. A massive task they are trying to finish by the morning rush.
U.S. Trains on Orange Alert
I like Tony Blair. I love the way British people speak. But the way Blair delivered his initial statement vacillated between his best Hugh Grant impression and his worst George W. Bush impression.
I guess I should add an Indeed.
I’m EXTREAMLY Skeptical that there will another attack this afternoon. In fact, I openly doubt this guy in NYC has any inside info of note. But having said htat, I have some reason to give this some weight. And in my mind the blogosphere is about giving news at face value and letting the consumer decided. So I did.
Israel denies the Netanyahu story above. I sorta wondered if it was true myself. We heard the same crap after 9/11. Anti-semetic people trying to stir stuff up. Dumbasses.