7/7 BOMBINGS

In this section, information about terrorist attacks is presented through writing, images and videos. There are also some links to newspaper articles.

7/7 is the name of the terrorist attacks that took place on the 7th July 2005, which targeted commuters on the public transport system in London. The attacks were a series of coordinated suicide bombings at rush hour which killed 52 UK residents as well as injuring over 700 people. This level of death and destruction made these attacks the deadliest terrorist incident in the United Kingdom since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 near Lockerbie back in 1988.

Bus 'ripped apart' in explosion

 (BBC News © copyright 2005 BBC)

This news article was published on the day of the attacks and demonstrates the initial confusion that surrounded the events.

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The attacks were carried out by four men, Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Germaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain. All except from Lindsay had been born in the UK but were of Pakistani descent. Prior to the attack, the men had recorded videotaped statements explaining their reason for the attacks. These were realised on Al-Jazeera on 1st September 2005:

Your democratically elected governments continuously perpetuate atrocities against my people all over the world. And your support of them makes you directly responsible, just as I am directly responsible for protecting and avenging my Muslim brothers and sisters. Until we feel security you will be our targets and until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight. We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation. ... I myself, I myself, I make dua (pray) to Allah ... to raise me amongst those whom I love like the prophets, the messengers, the martyrs and today's heroes like our beloved Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, Dr Ayman al-Zawahri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and all the other brothers and sisters that are fighting in the ... of this cause.

Another edited tape was released in 2006 where Shehzad Tanweer stated:

What you have witnessed now is only the beginning of a string of attacks that will continue and become stronger until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq. And until you stop your financial and military support to America and Israel.

After the attacks, Tony Blair stated that the ‘rules of the game’ for terrorists were changing, and that he was implementing a twelve point plan against terrorism. The measures proposed were a combination of legislative and administrative changes. Many were passed immediately and changes in need of legislation were voted on in the 2006 Terrorism Bill. Included in this was steps to tackle the issue of home-grown terrorism, which involved a review of British citizenship requirements with the intention of encouraging ‘greater integration’ of immigrants with ‘British pride’.