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July 21, 2005
Close Call For London's Round Two

It appears that terrorists have attempted a second wave of bombings targeting London's transport systems, but in this case failed to do much damage. The BBC reports that several incidents occurred in subways and buses, but that the only explosions came from the detonators and not from any other explosive material:

Minor explosions using detonators only have sparked the evacuation of three Tube stations and the closure of three lines, a BBC correspondent has said.

Police cordoned off large areas around Warren Street, Oval and one of the Shepherd's Bush Tube stations.

A route 26 bus in Hackney Road in Bethnal Green had its windows blown out by a blast. There were no injuries.

Police in London say they are not treating the situation as "a major incident yet".

One person was injured at Warren Street. There were reports the injured person may have been holding a rucksack containing the detonator.

I also followed this on Fox News while in transit this morning, who relayed the feed from Britain's SkyNews Network. Reports of hazmat investigators entering the stations where the incidents occurred raise suspicions of what materials were used in the apparently-coordinated attack. It seems odd that several incidents all would have resulted in duds -- unless the same incompetent built all the devices, which certainly could be possible.

More as this develops. So far, thankfully, it looks like no one was killed.

UPDATE: Keep checking with Michelle Malkin for new info, links, and analysis.

UPDATE II: Be sure to see The Anchoress' photo essay explaining why the liberation of Iraq has nothing to do with the London bombings.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 21, 2005 7:55 AM

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