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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terror Attacks in London

I heard about the terror attacks in London while I was at work last night, but didn't remember until I got home this morning that our niece had flown to London from Boise on Tuesday. We haven't heard anything yet, but the family she was staying with lives in the suburbs, and we don't think they would have been heading into town during rush hour. Our prayers are with all those impacted by these cowardly attacks.
While it seems obvious that Islamic terrorists are the likely culprits, I was surprised to see this article that claims the British police "had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city". It's not normally Al Qaeda's SOP to give out advanced warnings, although it could be that Scotland Yard had gotten warnings via surveillance or other such active intelligence-gathering methods. While first reports after something of this magnitude should always be taken with a grain of salt, if it turns out that a warning phone call went out in advance, this could point to some other terrorist group. I doubt it will, though...

Update 1530 07 July: It turns out that the "advanced warning" initial story was untrue; still, I expect we'll see threads over at DU for months or years claiming this as evidence of Israeli involvment in the bombings. On a personal note, my niece is fine; she was on her way in towards London, but they got turned around before they reached downtown.


Blogger ninme said...

Everyone on the Beeb (I'm watching the six o'clock news) have been saying there was no warning.

Three million people ride the Tube in a day, and 37 people were killed. I *seriously* doubt your neice was anywhere near central London during rush hour and if she was, I doubt she was in any danger.

7/07/2005 11:58 AM

Anonymous chrys said...

Was watching coverage at 5 AM EST then I sent Jack to work and went to bed (hadn't slept for nearly 48 hours. I'll be thinking about your neice until I hear otherwise.

7/07/2005 2:14 PM

Blogger WillyShake said...

I can relate to the cold chill you feel even when most of your brain tells you that a loved one is fine. I felt that for my cousin, who worked at World Trade (and as it turns out, was delayed by the subway and surfaced to see the second plane hit!)...

...and I felt it today as I kissed my girlfriend goodbye as she left for work her in NYC.

Thoughts & Prayers for your loved ones.

7/07/2005 3:19 PM


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