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VOICE OF AMERICA
SLUG: 2-326087 London Bombings (L-O)
DATE:
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DATE=7/21/2005

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=LONDON BOMBINGS (L-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-326087

BYLINE=MICHAEL DRUDGE

DATELINE=LONDON

CONTENT=

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HEADLINE: More Bombs on London's Transport System

INTRO: London police say bombs were placed at three subway stations and on a bus, and at least one person has been injured. VOA's Michael Drudge has more from London.

TEXT: London Police Commissioner Ian Blair says the incidents are, in his words, "very serious", though not as bad as the July Seventh attacks that killed 56 people and wounded hundreds more.

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"The casualty numbers appear to be very low in the explosions. The bombs appear to be smaller than on the last occasion, but we do not know the implications of all this yet and we are going to have to examine the scene very carefully."

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Commissioner Blair says the subway system was being shut down as authorities investigate the incidents. He has appealed for Londoners to stay away from the public transport network until further notice.

Witnesses have described a chaotic scene, and several subway riders told reporters they smelled burning insulation or rubber.

Amid the confusion, Prime Minister Tony Blair convened a meeting of his emergency response team, which last met following the July seventh blasts that authorities have blamed on four British Muslim men. (SIGNED)

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