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Thursday, July 21, 2005

London Bombings—Some Interesting Facts

Consider the following, from Reuters today ("Blasts hit London again, 2 weeks after bombings":

"London police chief Ian Blair told reporters: 'We know that we've had four explosions or attempts at explosions. It is still pretty unclear what's happened. . . . The bombs appear to be smaller than the last occasion.'

"He said some devices appeared not to have gone off properly and only one person was injured, adding that he hoped London would now 'get moving' again."

This does not sound like the kind of well-planned and -coordinated attack that occurred two weeks ago.

The Reuters report noted that a witness at the Oval underground station in south London reported what appeared to be a would-be bomber alone in a carriage after a small blast:

"We all got off on the platform and the guy just ran and started running up the escalator. . . . He left a bag on the train."

Again, this is very sloppy work, and it is not clear whether this bomber intended suicide.


KeithM, Indy said...

From the scant reports (I wouldn't call them "facts" just yet) out so far my conjecture would be that this could indeed be members of the same group, minus the mastermind. Lower level members who didn't have knowledge of how the bombs should be assembled or detonated, only that on this day they were supposed to do a followup strike. Or the group may have decided on their own that their numbers would soon be up and to either use it or loose it.

The group likely had additional bombs prepared for use.

Bombs are generally not kept in one piece until they are ready for use.

To me one of the reports sounds like the detonator went off but wasn't inside the plastic explosive. This would cause a much smaller explosion.

KeithM, Indy said...

Sounds like I was close...

The minor explosions - two weeks after blasts killed 56 - involved detonators only, a BBC reporter said. There was one injury.