Thursday, July 21, 2005

London attacked again...

[Dow Jones, off the wire, no link] - The London police commissioner confirmed Thursday that four explosions took place in what he described as "serious incidents." "We've had four explosions - four attempts at explosions," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Blair told reporters. "At the moment the casualty numbers appear to be very low...the bombs appear to be smaller," than those which rocked the three Underground stations and a bus two weeks ago. Sky News says London police are seeking man in UCH Hospital as some underground service is reopened.

Again, the wookie family's thoughts and prayers go out to our British allies.

But this does not deter our planned vacation. We are leaving Saturday for the British Isles, though we'll mainly be in Ireland; we're determined not to let some lame ass terrorists dictate our lives to us.

I know blogging here has been sporadic over the past few weeks (work has been keeping me way too busy) and I don't think I'll be able to blog much of anything while on vacation. But look forward to the pictures when I return!

UPDATE 7:30AM: Just across the wire: "Police lead man away from London's Downing Street." Sounds like they may have someone in custody. I'll post the actual story when it comes across.

UPDATE 7:35AM: Actual story a little scarier:

LONDON (AP)-[off the wire, no link]-Police escorted a man away Thursday from the Downing Street residence of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

A police officer near the end of the street drew a firearm and aimed it at a target beyond the range of television cameras. Another officer then led away a man whose black shirt was undone. The man also wore black trousers and appeared to be of South Asian or Middle Eastern origin.

Copyright © 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.(AP-DJ)--07-21-05 1034EDT

UPDATE 7:48AM: Off the wire, "'London situation under control' - Police Chief"

UPDATE 7:52AM: Off the wire, "Police spokesman aware of no arrests at London Hospital"

UPDATE 8:21AM: Off the wire, "2 people detained after London blasts - BBC"

UPDATE 9:09AM: Another possible attempted bombing:

LONDON (Dow Jones)-[off the wire, no link]-Police were investigating a loud bang heard near London's St Paul's Cathedral Thursday as well as a suspect package in the churchyard, they told Dow Jones Newswires Thursday.

The area around St Paul's was cordoned off as the incident was investigated.

Copyright © 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.(AP-DJ)--07-21-05 1207EDT

UPDATE 9:21AM: All clear at St. Paul's.

LONDON (Dow Jones)-[off the wire, no link]-The all-clear was given after police cordoned off the area around St Paul's Cathedral in London, a policeman said Thursday.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang near the cathedral and police said they were investigating a suspect package found in the churchyard. The nearby City Thameslink station was also evacuated.

A policeman said later there had been "an unsubstantiated bang" and so the all-clear was given and the cordon around St Paul's had been removed.

Copyright © 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.(AP-DJ)--07-21-05 1218EDT

UPDATE 9:27AM: Police are already following up on clues.

LONDON (Dow Jones)-[off the wire, no link]-Police sources say a suspect rucksack remains on the top deck of the No. 26 bus in Hackney, east London, Sky News television reported Thursday.
Police sources told Sky that specialist officers were examining the rucksack.

The number 26 bus was the scene of one of four incidents involving explosives on London's transport system Thursday.

Copyright © 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.(AP-DJ)--07-21-05 1226EDT

UPDATE 9:34AM: Off the wire, Another suspect package found at Aldwych.

UPDATE 9:49AM: London police press conference starting...

UPDATE 10:05: Off the wire, cordon at Aldwych lifted.

UPDATE 10:57AM: Off the wire, it is beleived one of the bombs was a nail bomb.