Thursday, July 07, 2005

Latest on London

Scotland Yard has updated their report...the latest, as of 1:30 pm: There are about 700 casualties, including 37 dead.

Here's some news from the bombings in London:

London Blasts: "People were screaming" -- BBC News
London Explosions: Your accounts -- BBC News
London hit by multiple terror blasts at rush hour -- The Times Online
Four Blasts Hit London, Killing At Least 2 --Wash Post
Tony Blair: It's Terrorism -- Financial Times
Blair Says Attacks Were Timed for G-8 Talks; At Least 2 Dead -- NY Times

According to the Evening Standard, "Al Qaida terrorists have claimed responsibility for the London blasts on an Islamic website and said that 'Britain is burning with fear.'

The unverified claim, made on the Al-Qal'ah - Fortress - internet site, was posted by a group calling themselves the Secret Organisation Group of Al-Qa'ida of Jihad Organisation in Europe."

Al-Qaeda also just claimed responsibility for killing the top Egyptian diplomat in Iraq. Sadly, it's a good day to be an insane jihadist.

For the record, Europe is on high alert but the U.S. Color-Coded Tom-Ridge Whatever System has not been elevated on the federal level. So, please, go about your normal business until they do raise it, at which time you'll still go about your normal business because really, what can ya do...

UPDATE: Several cities have been asked to raise the threat level, though, including New York, Miami, Boston, DC and Atlanta. More at 11:45 presser from Homeland Security Dep't. I'm hearing Michael Chertoff will announce we're staying at yellow but our mass transit systems will go to orange. Clever.

My best to those in London.


At 10:37 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Wow, check out the time stamp on this post...that's kinda spooky. I just realized that.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Wooglin said...

I know what you mean. I woke up at 7:53A.M. today and my first thought was, "Wow, it was 7:53A.M. on December 7th, 1941 when the first wave of Japanese Bombers hit Pearl Harbor." My day hasn't been right since.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

What is this, Crap on Ace Week?!

At 2:43 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

i don't know about crap on ace week, but i would do anything to see a "crap on ice" week. i can't decide if that would be an ice skating show ala elvis on ice, or a week in the winter where everyone craps on frozen lakes.


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