A series of explosions hit buses and subways in London and isn’t it a terrible state of the world when we now have too many suspects in such terrorism.
The entire transit system in London has been shut down. There are reports of the top of a double-decker bus flying off. There are many eyewitnesses, bloodied, telling of very bad injuries and of people trapped in trains. As occurred in New York on 9/11, the phones, land and cell, are all but off.
Here is a directory of London bloggers organized, with irony, around the Underground. As you find bloggers who are reporting, please let us know in the comments here.
Skitz heard the explosions nearby. Norm Geras has started writing about it; he’s updateing here. A Samizdata blogger is blogging from work. The London MetroBlogger was riding the transit system. Command Post is on the case.
BBC report . Just saw a fuzzy picture (via PBS in New York) that appeared to be a web cam, camerca phone, or sat phone from a correspondent on a London street, getting news in an fast as possible. I also see jump security cams being used live on CNN via a British network. They are now saying that these are the security cameras we have heard about (and saw dramatized on the BBC/HBO drama about a dirty bomb in London): There are cameras for every 20 people in London, they’re saying.
Several blasts hit the underground network and police said there had been at least three explosions on buses in the city.
A source at the Metronet consortium that runs part of the capital’s underground network said “there were three explosions and there have been some fatalities.”
Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the blasts had caused “terrible injuries.”
The Guardian is staying on top of the tragedy with Neil McIntosh manning the Newsblog:
1102 The pictures coming in from around the city are truly shocking. Down near Holborn there’s a bus – possibly one of the big tourist buses that are a fixture on the London streets – with its top floor ripped apart. One report talks of the injured being operated on in the concourse at Liverpool Street station.
Times Onlinein London is asking Londonders to email their stories into the paper. It’s report here.
The Sun is covering many angles to the story and is also asking for people to send in their n ews.
: Eamonn Sullilvan reports on his blog and does what we all do first: He tells his family he’s fine:
I’m fine and I’ve talked to Kathy. Scary stuff because this seemed to have happened on my Tube line, near my work, around the time I would have been there (I’d have left Liverpool Street station around 8:30am). I’m working from home today. Some of the kids take the same Tube line to get to school, but on the opposite side of London. I’ll have to drive and pick them up at school today, along with hundreds of thousands of other anxious parents.
That story times millions.
BEEN THERE: As I came toward New York this morning, I looked over at the skyline, as I always do now. This morning, I made sure there was no smoke. I was nervous about taking the train into the city and decided not to go to the World Trade Center today. I also decided to get into the city before 9am, which seems to be the murderers’ witching hour. And when I got to the city, I called my wife to let her know I had arrived safely; she expects that. That is life anywhere in the world in a world of terrorism.
: I heard Tony Blair listening to the BBC on my Sirius on the way in and just watched him on Reuters raw video. Every syllable, ever glance communicated his personal devestation.
: Many links from Tim Worstall. Many, of course, from Glenn Reynolds. Many on the UK blog aggregator.