Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terror Attack in London

LONDON, England (CNN) -- At least 33 are dead and scores wounded after a series of four "callous" and coordinated bombings in London's transport system, Scotland Yard said.

U.S. law enforcement sources say the British government has told them the death toll is at least 40.

Witnesses described the horror of seeing victims dying and with serious injuries. There were scenes of panic as power failed on crowded underground trains, and tunnels filled with smoke.

"We were all trapped like sardines waiting to die," said Angelo Power. "I honestly thought I was going to die, as did everyone else."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was a "barbaric" terrorist attack as he flew back to London from the G8 summit in Scotland, which he said would go on in defiance of the bombers.

A group, the "Secret Organization group of al Qaeda Organization in Europe," claimed responsibility in a Web site posting. The authenticity of the claim could not immediately be verified.

Full story here.
Full MSNBC coverage here.
Ongoing linkfest/discussion in NRO's The Corner.
A series of posts and stories about the attacks at National Review.

This is exactly why there can be no retreat in the GWOT. Our targets are the terrorists, but theirs are civilians. Absolutely horrific. I pray for the victims of this tragedy, and can only hope that the deaths there will not be cheapened by those seeking to use it for political fodder.

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