Told at first it was a "huge power surge". But the horror slowly emerged.

Told at first it was a "huge power surge". But the horror slowly emerged.
Told at first it was a “huge power surge”. But the horror showed different.

– BBC Radio 4/5 Live – July 5, 2005 – reports/bulletins – BBC Radio –

Terror visited London, this July 7th in 2005.

At first, sketchy reports and tentative explanations of “huge power surges”. But as news emerged by eyewitnesses of several explosions in London’s Underground, coupled with news of a bomb explosion on a city bus – it became clear London was the object of a coordinated terrorist attack.

The 7 July 2005 London bombings, often referred to as 7/7, were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks carried out by Islamist terrorists in London that targeted commuters travelling on the city’s public transport system during the morning rush hour.

Three terrorists separately detonated three homemade bombs in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city and, later, a fourth terrorist detonated another bomb on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. The train bombings occurred on the Circle line near Aldgate and at Edgware Road, and on the Piccadilly line near Russell Square.

Apart from the bombers, 52 UK residents of 18 different nationalities were killed and more than 700 were injured in the attacks, making it the UK’s deadliest terror incident since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 near Lockerbie, as well as the country’s first Islamist suicide attack.

The explosions were caused by improvised explosive devices made from triacetone triperoxide, packed into backpacks. The bombings were followed two weeks later by a series of attempted attacks that failed to cause injury or damage.

And news continued to pour in, with reports of dead and injured climbing each minute, the story unfolded and this latest terrorist attack on a major city became the primary news throughout the world for the rest of the day and for days to come.

Here is a recap of those events, up to 1:00 pm London time on July 7th as reported by BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.

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