July 7, 2005 would be a day that London would never forget. During the hustle of the morning rush hour traffic, people’s lives would be taken, destroyed or left with memories that would last forever. Around 8:50 a.m. was an explosion on a train that traveled between Algate East and Liverpool Street stations. After half an hour of silence passed a second blast was reported at West Edgware Road. This time the train was between Kings Cross and Russell square. Just seven minutes later, the third blast occurred, this time on a train at Edgware Road Station. Emergency responses acted quickly and sent train passengers away from the stations using the public bussing system. Ten minutes after the third explosion, London would burst for a fourth and final time that day. The final explosion was the deadliest and occurred on a double decker public bus. Many people on that bus were train passengers that were evacuated from the train stations due to the blasts.The attacks took place on the first day of the G8 summit in Scotland. Prime Minister Tony Blair was notified of the attacks and made the following press release:
“Our determination to defend our values and ways of life is greater than their desire to create death and destruction and impose extremism on the world. Whatever they do, it is our determination that they shall not succeed.”
These attacks on July 7th would be the worst violence against London since World War II.Within the first three hours of the investigation British Intelligence discovered a two hundred word statement on the internet. This statement was posted on a popular site of Islamic militants. The statement declared that the blasts were in retaliation for Britain’s involvement with Iraq and Afghanistan.In the past few weeks law enforcement was able to identify four bombers; Hasib Mir Hussain 18 years old, Shehzhad Tanweer 22 years old, Mohammas Sidique Khan 30 old and Germaine Lindsay 19 years old. Each bomber has been pin pointed to what attack they individually carried out in London. These suspects came from some 1,800 cameras in London’s train stations. Currently the UK’s National Terrorist Finance Investigative Unit (NTFIU) is in charge of following a money trail, hoping to identify those who were responsible for sending the terrorist on their mission.
Much happened after July 20th as well. London is being scruti…
…at their family members were involved in violence. Another family called in a missing persons report when their 19- year old son did not come home from London after allegedly visiting with some friends. This is an indicator that these men lived two separate lives, one which was a down to earth family person, and the other who was involved in a anti-government, violence terrorist cell.All four men are between the ages of 19 and 30. This shows the young age of these perpetrators. We have to entertain the idea of early childhood association with the terrorist or at best possibly being brain washed over a short period of time. All men were Brit-born, therefore they are now known as homegrown terrorist.The possibility of being associated with Al-Qaeda is very likely. At this point authorities have not released the connection of Al-Qaeda, if there is any. Similar attacks have taken place in the place and suicide bombers are very much the Al-Qaeda style. Regardless of who these men were, we now need to focus on where they came from, where their beliefs and ideology came from. When we can identify their creator/leader, many doors will become unlocked and we will be able to move on.