Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NEW TUBE AND BUS BOMBINGS; Second Terror Attack on London.Explosions at Warren St,Shepherd's Bush,Oval and on No26 at Hackney

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NEW TUBE AND BUS BOMBINGS; Second Terror Attack on London.Explosions at Warren St,Shepherd's Bush,Oval and on No26 at Hackney

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

EXPLOSIONS on three Tube trains and a bus brought new terror to London this afternoon.

There were said to be casualties but no reports of any fatalities or serious injuries.

Passengers fled in panic as Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush stations were evacuated after reports of men detonating bombs in rucksacks.

The explosions were said to be small ones.

One suspected bomber jumped from a train at Shepherd's Bush and ran down the track. At Oval three passengers struggled with a man after he detonated a rucksack bomb but he got away. Armed police were said to have chased a man down Warren Street. Officers sealed off nearby University College Hospital.

Officers in chemical protection suits went into Warren Street station. The windows of a No26 bus were blown out at the junction of Hackney Road and Shoreditch High Street.

Met chief Sir Ian Blair asked Londoners to "stay where they are" as the Tube network was closed down for a while.

He added: "We know there have been four explosions. At the moment the casualty numbers appear to be very low. The explosions appear a lot smaller than in the last incident. We don't know the impact of this yet."

He described the incident as "confusing but clearly very serious."

British Transport Police confirmed there had been explosions on the Victoria line at Warren Street, on the Hammersmith and City line at Shepherd's Bush and on the Northern line at the Oval.

No one is believed to have been hurt on the No26 bus.

At Oval, there were reports of small explosions or gunshots. The sounds of the explosions, likened to champagne corks popping, could have been the noise of detonators being triggered. It is believed they were crudely connected to a small amount of explosives which failed to go off.

Experts said each unexploded bomb will leave a clear "signature" of the bomb maker.

The explosions, which happened around 12.45pm, bear startling similarities to the blasts on three Tube trains and a bus two weeks ago by four suicide bombers who killed 52 people and injured more than 700. …

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