Explosions stun London

U.S. clergy and faith-based groups were offering prayers and condolences in the wake of explosions that killed at least 37 people in London and injured more than 300 during Thursday morning's rush hour.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 7, 2005


U.S. clergy and faith-based groups were offering prayers and condolences in the wake of explosions that killed at least 37 people in London and injured nearly 400 during Thursday morning's rush hour.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a public statement said he believed it was a terror attack coinciding with the meeting of G8 leaders in Scotland.

Three blasts hit the London subway and one tore through a crowded double-decker bus.

U.S. homeland security officials reported they were closely monitoring the situation. There was no known evidence of such an attack being planned in the United States but U.S. officials were planning to raise the terror alert to code orange for mass transit systems, which will include subway systems and light rail and some bus routes. The nation's overall terror alert will remain at yellow.

There seemed to be increased security at the U.S. Capitol, reported people in that area.

By early Thursday morning, U.S. clergy in many states were offering prayers for injured and traumatized people overseas, and for those in the U.S. who have loved ones in London.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the attacks. "We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," CAIR stated. "American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in today's attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators."

A chaotic scene confronted Londoners on Thursday morning. As the scene unfolded, the transit system - where several explosions simultaneously occurred - was stopped.


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