Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Londoners No Strangers to Terror

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Londoners No Strangers to Terror

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Byline: Maria Bervanakis, News Corp Australia Network

AS Europe marked the first anniversary of the Brussels airport massacre, another terror attack was unfolding in the UK.

A male driver mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death a police officer outside Parliament House in London.

At least four people have been killed and 20 others injured.

Sadly, attacks of this nature are becoming all too familiar for Londoners.

The assault on the UK Parliament is the latest in London.

Here's a rundown of major terrorist attacks in London in recent years.

JULY 7 BOMBINGS

July 7, 2005: Fifty-two people were killed and more than 700 injured when four co-ordinated suicide attacks struck central London.

Three bombs exploded on Underground trains between Aldgate and Liverpool St stations, Russell Square and King's Cross and St. Pancras stations and Edgware Rd and Paddington stations.

A fourth bomb destroyed a double-decker bus at Tavistock Square.

The bombs were detonated by four British Islamist suicide bombers.

JULY 21 FAILED BOMBINGS

July 21, 2005: An identical attack was launched on identical targets in London two weeks later: three Tube trains (Shepherd's Bush, Warren Street and Oval stations) and a London bus in Shoreditch.

Unlike 7/7 however, when the terrorists tried to set them off, the detonators ignited but the explosives did not.

The four assailants -- all born in East Africa who came to the UK in the 1990s -- fled and prompted the biggest police manhunt in British history. They were all given life sentences.

LONDON CAR BOMBS

June 29, 2007: Two unexploded car bombs were discovered in London two days after a new government took office under Gordon Brown. Two Mercedes Benz cars were filled with gasoline, nails and gas canisters and parked close together in an area popular for nightclubs and bars. The first device was found in a silver-green Mercedes parked near the Tiger Tiger nightclub in Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus. The second device was left in a blue 280E Mercedes-Benz in nearby Cockspur St, close to Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, but was not discovered until after the car had been towed away as it was found to be illegally parked. …

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