Two
weeks on and London has again been struck by terror bombings. Here’s a
selection on the latest reports from the British papers, which are just
hitting the streets:

“A man was carrying a
rucksack and the rucksack suddenly exploded. It was a minor explosion
but enough to blow open the rucksack. The man then made an exclamation
as if something had gone wrong. At that point everyone rushed from the
carriage.” Eyewitness quoted in The Guardian

“It doesn’t seem likely that this was just a hoax. The detonators did
explode, but fortunately they did not set the complete bombs off.
Whoever is behind this is trying to send a message that they are still
capable of further attacks” Paul Wilkinson in The Independent

Theories have already started to abound about the
motives behind the four attempted explosions. Crispin Black, a former
government intelligence officer, said there were two possible scenarios
that seemed most likely. He said: “It could be that this is a nasty sort of
copycat attack mimicking what happened two weeks earlier but not using
quite the power of explosives, but still getting the chaos and fear
effect. Or it could be that these were proper
attacks which for whatever reason malfunctioned, for a technical reason
or something like that.” – Daily Telegraph

“Whereas the bombs on July 7 targeted London’s
commuters at the height of morning rush hour, killing 56 people,
yesterday’s attacks seemed intended for very different victims: the
tourists, shoppers and schoolchildren using the transport system at
midday. The lack of mass casualties seemed to be the result of
incompetence rather than restraint on the part of the bombers.” The Times


“Whatever the nature of the group that perpetrated yesterday’s attacks,
it makes the debate about security in the capital more urgent. It is
clear that London is now a major target for terrorism – and that the
city’s transport system makes it especially vulnerable… There is now a strong case for greater measures to protect the
Underground system. Airport-style security for those taking bags on to
the Tube should be put in place.” The Independent

The copycat attacks on London suggest that the terrorists behind the
July 7 blasts are still at large and intent on causing havoc and
bloodshed, according to terrorism analysts. Robert Ayers, a security
analyst at Chatham House in London, said that that he believed that the
same group was behind both attacks. “All along I’ve been saying that
you had four guys that died [in the July 7 bombings], but the
infrastructure that trained them, equipped them, funded them, pointed
them at the right target – the infrastructure’s still in place, still
here.” The Times

“The death cult strikes
again, unstoppable in its deranged religious mania. This time no deaths
but a savage reminder of the unknown waves of demented killers lining
up to murder in the name of God… Iraq is the immediate trigger, but this is about religious delusion.” Polly Toynbee in The Guardian

Peter Fray

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