Terror attacks hit London


Crowds gather inTrafalgar Square for a late-afternoon vigil for the victims of the London transit bombings. The event drew tens of thousands of people. Earlier in the day, London came to a halt for two minutes of silence in remembrance of the dead. (Odd Andersen / AFP/Getty Images)

Coverage of the worst strike on the British capital since World War II and a second wave of bombings two weeks later.

September 16, 2005

Seven foreigners detained in Britain for deportation

LONDON - British authorities detained seven foreigners yesterday for deportation as threats to national security, and the government backed a police proposal to hold militant suspects for up to three months without charge.

September 2, 2005

Al-Qaida leader threatens more attacks on West

LONDON - After weeks of speculation about al-Qaida ties to the London bombings on July 7, a video emerged yesterday of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant and of a British Muslim who blew himself up in the attacks. In the video, the bomber proclaimed himself a soldier of Islam while the al-Qaida lieutenant warned of attacks to come.

August 25, 2005

Britain lists criteria for banning radicals

LONDON - Britain will deport any non-citizen who foments, justifies or glorifies terrorist violence, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said yesterday, unveiling toughened criteria for remaining in the country in response to the July attacks on the transit system.

August 17, 2005

Britain yet to find link in blasts, official says

LONDON - Investigators have yet to find evidence that last month's bombings against London's transit system were linked to each other or connected to an international militant network, Britain's top security official said yesterday.

August 12, 2005

Britain detains Muslim radicals

LONDON - Britain moved swiftly to implement its promised crackdown on "preachers of hate," launching a series of early-morning raids yesterday to round up 10 Muslim extremists, including Abu Qatada, a cleric who often is described as al-Qaida's "spiritual ambassador" in Europe.

August 6, 2005

Blair proposes strict anti-terrorism measures

LONDON - With his nation still bruised from last month's bombings, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced yesterday tougher anti-terrorism measures that include shutting down radical mosques and deporting Islamic clerics who preach violence and hate.

July 31, 2005

Bomb suspect might fight extradition to Britain, his attorney indicates

ROME - A suspect in the botched London subway bombings made an initial Italian court appearance yesterday, and there were indications that he would fight extradition to Britain.

July 30, 2005

Bombing suspects captured

LONDON - Police SWAT teams captured yesterday the final three fugitives wanted for trying to bomb the London transit system, two in a raid on a public housing project here and the third seized by Italian police who tracked him to a suburb of Rome.

July 29, 2005

British police run 'race against time'

LONDON - British authorities warned yesterday that terrorists could strike at any time as thousands of police officers flooded London's transit system, made more arrests and grilled suspects in their biggest investigation ever.

July 27, 2005

Blair defends Iraq policy in face of London terror attacks

LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair dismissed as "nonsense" yesterday the notion that his Iraq policy prompted London's terror bombings, as police confirmed the latest two suspects named in the attacks are legal East African immigrants, one of them a naturalized citizen.

July 26, 2005

2 suspects named in failed U.K. attack

LONDON - Police disclosed the names of two fugitives yesterday who are wanted for allegedly trying to bomb a bus and a subway train last week. Authorities also stormed an apartment in a north London housing project where neighbors said they had frequently seen the two men.

July 22, 2005


Psychological stakes raised by repeat attacks

WASHINGTON - Terrorism specialists have always dreaded incidents like yesterday's bombings in London: back-to-back attacks designed to ratchet up the public's fears.

July 22, 2005

4 bombings in London elevate fear

LONDON - A second wave of bombings echoed through London's transit system yesterday, shutting down much of the city for hours and leaving commuters and residents jittery with fears that a sustained campaign of violence may be under way.

July 22, 2005

Britain seeking man in July 7 bombing probe

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Yesterday's explosions in London came as Pakistani intelligence officials said authorities are seeking the former aide to a radical cleric in Britain in connection with the July 7 bombings.

July 22, 2005

Random bag searches begin at N.Y. subway

NEW YORK - Police began random searches yesterday of bags and packages carried by people entering city subways, a new security measure announced after another round of bomb attacks in London.

July 19, 2005

3 of 4 tied to blasts traveled to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Three of the four Britons identified as the London bombers visited Pakistan this year, two traveling together, Pakistani officials confirmed yesterday. Investigators are trying to find out whether their trips were connected with planning for the attacks now blamed for killing 56 people.

July 17, 2005

Blair lashes out at 'evil ideology' at work in London bomb attacks

LONDON - As the investigation into the London bombings fanned out to Pakistan, Egypt, Jamaica and the United States, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed yesterday to confront the "evil ideology" of Islamic fanaticism that has inflicted despair on every community here, including Muslims.

July 17, 2005

Ex-detainee of Guantanamo reflects on London bombings

LONDON - Moazamm Begg spent more than two years at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some fellow detainees were British-born Muslim radicals or self-proclaimed al-Qaida operatives - the same sort police believe carried out last week's suicide bombings in London.

July 16, 2005

Chemist questioned in London bombings

CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian police were interrogating a 33-year-old biochemist last night who was seized in connection with last week's London bombings, as relatives denied that he had anything to do with the deadly suicide blasts.

July 15, 2005

British police try to trace bus suspect's last 81 minutes

LONDON -- Police in Scotland Yard released a photograph yesterday of a man with a large backpack walking through a suburban train station July 7, saying they believe it shows him carrying a bomb that he later detonated on one of London's double-decker buses.

July 15, 2005

For two long minutes, London quietly remembers

LONDON - Silence is not easy to come by in London, ever, especially on the streets at noon in the capital's center, where the sounds of buses and taxis and people and life thump 24 hours a day, every day, like a vibrant heart.

July 12, 2005

Reports emerge of a suspect

A Syrian-born terror suspect, reportedly sought in connection with the London bombings, is a fugitive in a Spanish case linked to Sept. 11 and was already wanted under a $5 million bounty offered by the United States.

July 11, 2005

Queen urges resolve in face of terror as Britain remembers

LONDON - Londoners flocked to churches yesterday to grieve and to pray for the victims in last week's transit bombings as thousands prepared to return to work and the city center today for the first time since the attacks.

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