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London explosions: Your accounts
A policeman consoles a woman near to Russell Square station
More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a series of bomb blasts that have hit the Underground network and a bus in London.

This is a fourth page of your comments.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

We were all one team battling against the odds for survival
Brian Palmer, St Albans

I was on the Kings Cross tube train, either the third or fourth carriage - not sure. I just wanted to say how impressed I was with all my fellow passengers. The way everyone looked after each other, either by being supportive or by physical means in such dreadful circumstances has very humbling.

It gave me a sense of what people must have been like during the blitz. We were all one team battling against the odds for survival. I'd also like to say thank you to all public services that made a difference that day. My sincere thoughts go out to the families and friends of those who were not as lucky as me.
Brian Palmer, St Albans

As a New Yorker, I know what it is like to be target of a brutal terror attack. As a New Yorker, I also know how much courage, equanimity, and hope it takes to carry on life as "normal" in one's city afterwards. In that regard especially, Londoners deserve the world's admiration. They certainly have mine. Our thoughts are with you; yours is a truly wonderful town.
Andy, Bronx, New York, USA

Reading accounts of the attacks yesterday, I am struck by the number of descriptions and the horrific injuries caused by "shedloads of glass". We can never be 100% protected against attacks of this nature, but is there no way that glass in vehicles, and perhaps also in ground floor shop fronts, can be made safer? Toughened glass would surely not cause so many injuries, or could use not be made of plastics or acrylic in future?
Jennifer, Cambridge

I was on my way home, on the 82 bus from Marble Arch¿ I was sitting there minding my own business when there was a sudden loud popping sound. Lots of gasps and yelps from the passengers. Then there was a smell of sulphur dioxide and the bus emptied in micro seconds. I told the driver what had happened and he calmly explained that it was probably a stink bomb left by some grotty, idiotic, thoughtless, irresponsible, selfish kid and trod on by someone on the bus. The bus was taken out of service and we waited for another. Many people were quite nervy. It could have been an incendiary or anything.
Craig Brown, Finchley, London

People started to cry even more which made me upset. I never thought I would get out
Jack, Hawkwell

I am only 14 and I was on the first Underground train that was hit by the bomb, between Liverpool Street and Aldgate. The bomb went off at approx 8:50am, the blast had thrown me to the floor the bang was so loud my ear to hurt. I could see bright sparks and fire. I thought I was going to die. Slowly thick smoke entered the carriage and it was hard to breath.

I was scared, everyone got on the floor so it was easier to breath. I had my tie over my mouth. The smashed glass was in my pockets and my hair. People tried to open the doors but they would only open about a foot. People started to cry even more which made me upset. I never thought I would get out. After about 20 mins the services came for us, the central doors of the train were opened and people less hurt moved down the train to the exit.

Their faces were so hurt I could not believe what I was seeing; it was like something of a film. My nose was hurt where the glass had smashed into it. Once these people had moved down we started to move down, people looking at us in shock, my face and hands was full of soot.

Fire crew lifted me and then we had to walk down the track, it was horrible, we had to walk past the carriage which the bomb had exploded in. It was an awful sight. The carriage was like a shell. There were bodies on the track. By this time I began to cry but just kept walking back up to the top of Aldgate Station. It is something I will never forget.
Jack, Hawkwell

My heart goes to the families of those who lost their relatives in these incidents. May the Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you in Jesus' name Amen.
David, Nigeria

Today the capital went back to work. Thousands of eyes I looked at on the way to work carried the same look - "there's no way they'll change me". To the cowards who carried out this attack; watch the people of London, the millions of decent people from every race and religion who live here. They dwarf your pathetic existence with their spirit. You didn't beat London or its spirit yesterday. You can't beat London today or tomorrow. You will never beat the spirit, heart or soul of the people of this great city.
Gareth, London

I was downtown with my mother and my 13-year-old daughter when it all started. We had just come into Paddington station at 9:00. We were not sure what was going on for a couple of hours, but I just want to say that the police force here was very competent in every way.

At no time did I fear for my life or my family's. I am very impressed with London's resilience and I take my hats off to all of you. Thank you to everyone who helped us get back to our hotel (out by Heathrow) and my heart goes out to everyone else.
Michelle Murrills, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

God help those who are still on the Underground trapped
Damien, SE London
I was working over in Trafalgar Square when all the chaos began to happen but I must say that the London emergency services have been absolutely magnificent during these terrible moments of terrorism. God help those who are still on the Underground trapped.
Damien, SE London

I witnessed the bomb ripping the crowded bus to pieces as I got stuck in traffic just behind it, and watched the bus go past me moments earlier with all of its people having no idea of their fate. I wish to express my deepest sorrow for all those who suffered in such a sad way. Be at peace, there is much love for you here.
Spencer Ede, London England

I was on an Eastbound Hammersmith and City train at Edgware Road at about 8.50am. Just as the doors were about to close there was a sort of 'whoomph' and a pop which made my ears pop. The lights all went out and the doors closed, but opened again right away. No one really seemed that bothered and it really did seem to be like a big electric short out. After about a minute we were evacuated very calmly from the station. I think what we experienced was the explosion at Aldgate shorting the power which then travelled up the line and put the power out. I think that's what the discrepancy between times of the explosion is. It was a bit of a worry to think I was so close but I feel blessed to have escaped unscathed.
Rebecca Sellars, Reading, UK

The actions of the emergency services were exemplary, they are all heroes
Laura, London
The actions of the emergency services were exemplary, they are all heroes. I feel proud that everyone in London reacted with calmness, kindness and bravery.
Laura, London

I got caught up in the King's Cross mayhem. So many confused people not knowing what to do or where to go. Trying to walk to my boyfriend's office in Soho took hours - so many closed roads. A real sense of distress descended upon the whole city.
Rachel Amess, London

I would just like to bring to your attention, the efforts that all transport employees also delivered yesterday alongside the emergency services. My sister is a manager for the Stansted Express stationed at Liverpool Street. Not only did she try to keep passengers calm, she managed to rally refreshments to them. Even though she was fearful for her own safety, she stayed to assist passengers trying to get home. I feel that this is a very courageous act and should be acknowledged.
Lisa Myring, Broxbourne, England

I wanted to thank the Thames Clippers staff and the staff of the other tourist boats that helped to get thousands of people home by river yesterday. They worked tirelessly throughout the day, and made references to the Dunkirk attitude seem even more apt.
Anonymous, London

My girlfriend Imti survived the bomb blast inside King's Cross when the blast took place and then walking towards Russell Square saw the bus blow up. We are very lucky that she escaped this horrible incident.
Joslyn Asendorf, London

This evening at about 6 o'clock I was travelling home on the Jubilee Line to Greenwich. Over the PA the driver said: "believe me ladies and gentlemen, when I woke up this morning I thought I'd be driving an empty train through empty stations. Now I've seen how may of you are travelling today, it's made me proud to be a Londoner. God bless you all" Couldn't have put it better!
Ray Smith, London

It is a funny feeling in London today - a nervous calm
Paul Wright, London
It is a funny feeling in London today - a nervous calm. We all feel bound by the fact that any one of us could have been the victims - just one hour later, a meeting cancelled here, a decision there. My heart goes out to those who have been killed or maimed and their families. For their sake we must strive to find ways of stopping these attacks both from a security perspective as well as a political one.
Paul Wright, London

I was at Russell Square yesterday when the bomb on the bus exploded, it was the most frightening moment. I didn't see it, thank God, but I heard the explosion, it was like a loud bang and it lasted for a few seconds. I was walking to work when I heard it, I had originally planned to get a Tube going via King's Cross and I was very glad I didn't.
Ciara Evans, Sutton, Surrey

My friend got the Piccadilly line Tube to Leicester Square yesterday and as he got off he was told they're shutting down the line because of a fire near King's Cross. Yeah, I know what happened yesterday, but this was at 8.17 (he checked because he sent his girlfriend a text at this time saying don't get the Tube) and the first attack wasn't till 10 to 9. Can you shed some light on this?
Row, United Kingdom

I rode a motorbike home from London Docklands yesterday and despite near gridlock everyone seemed calm and understanding. This morning I was coming down Holloway Road and saw the first red London bus full of normal people going to work. To the people who perpetrated yesterday's crimes. Are you watching? You've achieved nothing. Good on you London, great city, great people.
Nigel, London

I usually board my underground Northern line by half eight to nine am at London Bridge station to Euston from where I take a main line train to Milton Keynes for my work. Luckily for the last two days I've had some early morning meetings due to which I started early morning from London. On 07/07/05 I just left London at half past eight. Really I can't imagine my condition if it had been the normal case. I pray for all who lost their lives in this explosion to rest in peace. I pray to God for a speedy recovery for all who being treated in hospital for various reasons.
Selvakumar Samiyappan, London

Tavistock Sq where the bus exploded is just one block from my flat. It's a beautiful little square where I often have picnics. What makes this attack seem particularly sick is that the square celebrates peace. It has a monument for the victims of Hiroshima, trees planted in the memory of the international year of peace and a beautiful statue of Gandhi. It also has a park bench with the memorial: "In memory of John Carpenter, a Londoner who loved the world and all its people". To me, that's what London is about, and the city and its people are getting on with their lives already. I love London, and its people.
Kat, London

I think the emergency services dealt really well with the tragedy in London yesterday
Scott Ward, Ipswich
I think the emergency services dealt really well with the tragedy in London yesterday. They all knew exactly what they needed to do and how to do it in a calm manner.
Scott Ward, Ipswich

I called friends and family in London yesterday. One of them was very close to being involved. However, what I want to say is, after watching the news last evening was that I was really impressed by the professional handling of this situation. It can't remove the sick feeling but it brought back the camaraderie that is dormant in most Brits. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.
Hohmeister, Heidelberg, Germany

I have just returned from living and working on human rights issues in Senegal - a predominantly Muslim country. Colleagues I met there have asked me to pass their condolences to a wider British audience. In particular, the Movement of African Working Children sends its deepest sympathy to all affected.
Carolyn Norris, Tadworth, UK

I should have been on the Piccadilly line when it happened, but I flew into Gatwick early and took a taxi instead. It was going to happen sooner or later, a big thank you to our emergency services, perfectly trained. Give blood, the supplies are going to be low across London. Remember, be vigilant.
Lucy Fielder, East Barnet, London

I work in Central London and I must say that the Underground staff were magnificent and their decision not to inform people was correct, we didn't need a panic outside our stations which would have hindered the emergency services getting to destinations and helping those in the tube or bus. My thoughts are with my fellow Londoners.
Victor, Greenford

A cowardly act which has made Great Britain unite
Anna Pitkin, Harlow, Essex
A cowardly act which has made Great Britain unite. Those who have been lost will always be in our hearts.
Anna Pitkin, Harlow, Essex

I was in London only last weekend and travelled through some of the same stations that were attacked. My sister was travelling on the tube the morning of the attack on her way to the airport, she was supposed to go to Liverpool Street station but decided to take an alternative route just by chance. I spent a harrowing half hour trying to get in touch with her. I am so thankful she is alright. Sadly there are so many people who can't say the same. My heart and prayers go out them. I am so saddened by Mr Galloway's comments that Londoners are paying the price for the war in Iraq, especially since Tony Blair was voted back into office by the general public. We already knew the risks Mr Galloway, but we made our decisions to stand against terror and tyranny. You have no right to rub it our faces and imply we deserved it.
Carla, Birmingham

The emergency response was swift and punctual. Whoever said that London was not prepared for a terrorist attack? I was driving with my dad and sister out of London when the blasts happened, and we saw a huge fleet of Surrey ambulances that had obviously been drafted in as back up in case London ambulances became over-stretched. We should be proud of our emergency services.
Manu, London

I didn't want to get on the Tube this morning, but I did, because not to do so would be a small admission of defeat. London is determined to show the terrorists that they cannot ruffle us. They will not reduce us to terror. I am so impressed and moved by my city's defiance and stoicism, and by the complete absence of panic and hysteria. I am proud to live here, and the people who planted those bombs will see that they can not intimidate us.
Lizzie Platt, London

We heard the explosion from the bus at work, thinking it was a clap of thunder or a bike backfiring. We turned on the news to see the situation with the Tube; when the news came in about the bus it became clear what was happening. I must have received dozens of calls, texts and emails from people I've not spoken to in ages, checking I was ok. On the way home I got onto a train at Waterloo which had a defective door, instead of the usual complaining, everyone just let the engineer and guards get on with it, so we could get home as soon as possible.
Rebecca S, Kingston, Surrey

Given everyone's true Brit spirit during yesterday's events, what was disappointing to see (and others have shared this view) was the attitude of black cab drivers. They only seemed concerned with looking after themselves. My wife, who was caught up in the King's Cross chaos, tried to persuade a cabbie (with one passenger in the back) to take a woman to the hospital. He refused and said this was his 'last pick up'. How many cabs did we see with only one person in them! Not an impressive performance.
Carlo Tugulu

I am a Brit in America and spent the whole day glued to CNN, where blanket coverage was given to the London attacks. Not only did I feel truly proud to be British as I watched how the Londoners handled this dreadful situation, but I was also deeply moved by the sympathy and admiration which radiated from the American coverage. Rudy Giuliani's comments moved me to tears. Americans are frequently accused of being ego-centric and ignorant to world events. Both nations did themselves proud today.
Sarah, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

I have faith in the capacity of this city to see this for what it is: a political act motivated by anger and hate
Abdul-Rehman Malik, Russell Square, London
My flat is about 50 yards from the location of bus bombing. I walk down Woburn Place and Tavistock Square every day, several times a day. The proximity of this attack to not only my home, but the homes and offices of thousands of students, workers and a large population of Bangladeshi Muslims is truly horrifying. We had not been able to get access to the flat until late last night and for hours my sister-in-law was missing - luckily she was holed up in a local college, just minutes from the incident. As a London Muslim, I am part of a community that makes up 10-14 % of the city's population. I chose to live in London because it is the cultural capital of the world. Although I see the wreckage of the bombed bus from the corner of my (very short street) I have faith in the capacity of this city to see this for what it is: a political act motivated by anger and hate. We will not respond to hate with hate, but by embracing the diversity that enriches us and by uniting against those that use terrorism, here or abroad.
Abdul-Rehman Malik, Russell Square, London

As a 13-year-old Londoner, I also yesterday, like many, went through the horror of worrying about my mum and other members of my family. I was fortunate that they were all fine, I know others were not as lucky as me and my heart goes out to them. I am proud of everyone in London and how they dealt with the horrific attacks especially the emergency services.
James Gould, London

I'm an American who was living in London when 9/11 happened. Now I live in New York when London gets attacked. In London I could lean on my close friends. Now in their time of need, I'm not there for them and would love nothing more than to be there. I feel just as sad and overwhelmed by each attack. London is like a second home to me. I would just like to express my deepest sympathies to all the victims and their friends and families. I hope this small gesture will send the signal that I'm still there for my second home.
Peter, Brooklyn, US

I got on the Circle line from Baker Street, at about 8.40. I was in the front carriage when the carriage behind me blew up. After the explosion there was smoke/dust everywhere and a lot of frantic people trying to get some air. There was a lot of screaming and crying, after seeing the people injured I truly felt horrified. Just minutes before boarding the train I casually walked from in front of the second carriage to the entrance of the first thinking that I recognised someone standing at the end of the platform. She must have been waiting for the Hammersmith line and didn't board the train. Just wanted to say a big thank you!
Khuram Pervez, London, England

I am sure the resilient Londoners will come out on top of this
Muhammad Ali Bangash, Pakistan
I want to send my deepest condolences to the victims' families and those who got injured. It was shocking to learn that something like this could have happened to a city I so dearly love. I am sure the resilient Londoners will come out on top of this. The people of Pakistan are with you.
Muhammad Ali Bangash, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

I feel proud and honoured to be a part of a city who comes together in times of crisis, we must remember the dead and what they died for, we must gather strength from each other to overcome this evil that has struck us.
Alex Keegan, Northwood, London

I arrived at Edgware Road tube station to get my usual Circle Line tube into the City around 9.05am. They had just closed the gates to the station and said there had been an 'incident down there' and the station was closed. The staff were relaxed, smiling and as unhelpful as ever. I then walked across the road and took the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus where we were evacuated. What was strange was that they had not also immediately closed the Bakerloo Line at Edgware Road! More bizarre is the fact that the bomb on the circle line at Edgware Road went off at 9.17am which meant that there must have been a train full of people down there, and the bomb, which I could easily have been on had I arrived a few minutes earlier. Obviously they had closed the station but not evacuated the people off the train. I feel very lucky but does anyone know exactly how it happened down there?
Alan Davis, Little Venice, London

We must not stop looking for these barbarians; the search must be given every ounce of effort from our police. I just hope none of my mates are among the unlucky 50, I was very relieved to find out that no one from my family was hurt.
Alastair Lamb- Crawley, Purley, England

My flatmate heard the explosion on the bus from our living room
Chris Gibbons, London, UK
I live and work very close to Kings Cross, but was lucky enough not to be near the station at the time. My flatmate heard the explosion on the bus from our living room, and we watched details roll into our media office throughout the morning, while we contacted friends and family to let them know that we were ok. This morning I walked down to Kings Cross, and there is still electricity in the air, combined with a great sense of sadness. My thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones in this horrific ordeal, and I feel sure that we will stand strong and not be affected by this tragic day. Just look at the way the whole city has pulled together. We are a great nation!
Chris Gibbons, London, UK

I was on the bus in front of the bus that got blown up in Tavistock Square. I was just about to get off the bus and set off walking to work as we were not moving and I heard an almighty bang coming from the rear of the bus. I looked out of the rear window of my bus to see the bus behind us (around 60 yards away) explode and its roof fly off. There was dust everywhere in the air, people screaming and crying, and just carnage everywhere. I got off the bus I was on and ran in the opposite direction, some people were stood gawking at the bus, oblivious to the fact there may have been a further bomb on our bus. It was like something out of a disaster movie.
John Aspinall, Crouch End, London

I echo the sentiments already sent by many, and express my thanks and admiration for the emergency services in the way that they handled the tragic events of yesterday. As a commuter, I do believe that WAGN and the staff at Finsbury Park station - which effectively became a mini Kings Cross - did a fantastic job of getting a lot of people home outside London. Thank you. These are shocking events, especially given the almost universal identification people have with the London tube system. We all perceive how we may have suffered. My thoughts are with the families of those who died at this terrible time. London is a brilliant city. The people who love it, live in it and visit it will continue to make it so.
Heather Gibson, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK

The comments today show exactly how little the terrorists achieved
Jamie, London, UK
Well, the comments today show exactly how little the terrorists achieved. Nobody is talking about their aims; everyone is talking about sympathy for the dead, hope for the injured and defiance in the face of cowardice. We should send a message to the people who planned and implemented this atrocity by wearing an image or slogan of defiance on our bags next week. I saw a man on the tube this morning with "Up yours Osama!" on his bag. Perhaps "I am Spartacus" might be a better way to show our collective solidarity without being too offensive.
Jamie, London, UK

Am so excited for you that you are to be hosting the Olympics. Our hearts break for you and your loved ones in this terrible attack on your country and your innocent citizens. We love you and your courage.
Marj Hennessey, Millville, NJ, US

I am so sorry for those who lost their lives yesterday; my thoughts are with your families and friends. As a police officer, I can't tell you how much it means to have so many people understand our job yesterday. Londoners have an amazing spirit that won't be beaten.
Anonymous, London, UK

I arrived at Kings Cross yesterday at 9am, I narrowly missed getting on to the tube and so walked to my destination passing through Tavistock and Russell Square. I cannot praise the emergency services enough, they were professional, very organised and did an amazing job under extreme circumstances. I returned home via rail which required several changes and took seven hours. I consider myself to have a guardian angel, I am truly blessed. However whilst the emergency services were prepared, the hotels and other organisations did not appear to have a plan, assuming I could not travel home I attempted to secure a room and found it very difficult. The conference centre I was at did not have a plan to cope with a major incident and they should be looking at this now.
Marie Joss, Durham, UK

Living not far outside of London (a short train journey away) this was quite a big shock. My best friend was in London yesterday, and she fortunately didn't go and get the train home as planned because she received a phone call saying not to. Thank God for small favours. How would I have felt if it was one of my loved ones? We should re-evaluate what we take for granted everyday of our lives, the relative security and peace in which we live.
Amy, Kent, England

How many bombs does it take to close the tube down? Three, it seems. I was on the Victoria Line and passed through an evacuated Kings Cross station at about 9.07am. We sat in the station for a minute or two, then moved on, with no explanation. I eventually got off at Oxford Circus at 9.15am - still no word of there having been any problems. I can only assume therefore that they closed the network down after the third bomb had gone off at Edgware Road. Is this because there is no communication on the tube? Either way, I now have zero confidence in London's tube network.
Marianne Harwood, London

I was travelling on the Hammersmith and City line travelling to Moorgate. The blast was in our train but in different carriage, as TfL said they evacuated the underground with in one hour, but we were stuck on the train for at least two hours before we have been taken out. It was shocking, people was screaming and crying, thank God we are still alive. I'm thankful to the emergency plan, how they took us out, they took the injured people out first, then emergency crew was on every step of track when they took us out. Thanks to all the emergency crew.
Azima Aziz, Manor Park, London

I am a little shaken and suffering from shock from the horrific sights that I experienced
Mark Busby, Enfield, Middlesex
I was on the 8:51 Circle Line from Liverpool Street train when the first of the bombs went off. Fortunately I was 2 carriages down from the bomb and did not suffer any physical injuries. I am a little shaken and suffering from shock from the horrific sights that I experienced. I would like to express my gratitude to all the emergency services and London underground staff. After the initial period where we were stuck in the tunnel the rescue operation was very quick and professional. I feel extremely lucky to have survived the experience and hope everyone on the Island was as lucky. This experience makes one realize how unimportant some of the things that worried me yesterday are.
Mark Busby, Enfield, Middlesex

My dad was supposed to be on the bus that blew up. He always sits at the back as well, as he thinks it's cleaner, so he could've easily been hurt if I hadn't made him late yesterday morning!
Rachel Parfitt, West London, England

I was travelling on the Central Line at approximately 8:55am from Leyton to Bank. When we arrived at Bethnal Green the driver made an announcement that we would not be stopping at either Liverpool Street or Bank. When we got to Liverpool street the train stopped but didn't open its doors and the driver calmly and politely stated that the station had been closed due an emergency situation, Bank also was closed due to a 'power failure'. My feelings were that something was going on, but the calmness and professional manner of the driver had the right affect and no one appeared upset or nervous. My heartfelt prayers go out to the people whose friends and family members may have been killed or badly injured. Thankfully I don't have to return to work until Monday as I can work from home. As for next week I am considering cycling to work as an alternative means of getting to work. I have always felt uncomfortable about the way people are packed onto the trains and buses during rush hour and this only compounds my feelings of apprehension.
Gizella Futak, London, UK

I was extremely lucky and wasn't too near any of the blasts, but what amazed me was the atmosphere in the streets of London as everyone was walking home in the afternoon. The feeling of sheer defiance bordered on a buzz - strangers were walking together and talking to one another - it was almost as though we Londoners were saying to our attackers "you will never bring us down". I feel very proud to be a Londoner, and my heart goes out to the people who have really suffered. Ruth
Ruth Merrian, Edgware, UK

I'm proud of the way London has responded to the attacks yesterday. Every single one of my colleagues made it to work yesterday and we're all here again today. The people responsible for orchestrating yesterday's explosions have managed to frighten us and disrupt our travel but they haven't managed to scare us into staying at home. England is not burning with panic and fear, we're furious and defiant, and these cowardly attacks have served only to prove that we will all pull together to cope with this and move forward in peace.
Helen, London, England

Early yesterday morning my family were set to make the journey to my sister's graduation ceremony in central London via the tube. We all now feel a deep sense of gratitude for having changed our plans at the very last minute, since we decided to take the car. Our innermost condolences go out to the families who have had to endure this revolting act. Never did we imagine that such events would take place at the doorstep of our very own dear city.
Rami, London

I was on the bus to work when I received a phone call from my father informing me what was going on. He's a teacher and was on the train to London with about 15 pupils if they had set of an hour before they would have been on the underground to, it really makes you think. The whole situation has made me extremely angry and upset just as it did at 9/11, my condolences go out to all the victims and their families.
Jonathan Sweeting, Knaresborough England

As an Argentinean, I feel horrified by yesterday's events and I strongly condemn this barbaric act. I have just been to England on vacation, where once again I felt at home in a truly democratic place where personal liberties are of paramount importance. Those mass murderers have targeted not only innocent civilians, but the openness and good will of British society. I pray they are swiftly found and brought to justice, and that the whole world stands shoulder to shoulder in the war against terror. God bless the UK.
Oscar, Buenos Aires

London, battered but never beaten
Wayne Box, Reading
As a firefighter myself, my thoughts are with all the emergency service personnel involved with yesterdays bombings. These people are real heroes. London, battered but never beaten, you can break our windows, but not our hearts.
Wayne Box, Reading

I already went through this, I lived 5 minutes from the station in Madrid. I've seen 100 broken families in Madrid, my friend lost his brother, many people still suffer deep inside from what happened in Madrid. Now, here again, I work in the city and in that sad morning I passed the Moorgate station earlier than usual. Lucky me, but what about those who didn't make it? Lots of love and strength to all. They won't bring us down. Never!
Zuzana, Slovakian living in London

I want to say to London people that we are with you in those terrible moments and be sure that after Madrid, we know what you are living. Today we are all from London.
Stephane, Barcelona, Spain

As a French Muslim I am deeply upset and ashamed by this barbaric attack on London, all my thoughts are with those affected by this horrible event, there can be no justifications, and it is high time now for us Muslims to stand against those who have taken our religion hostage and show the world that we have nothing to do with terror.
Jasmine, Paris, France

Being a Muslim and having a similar unlucky experience in Istanbul the previous year, I strongly condemn these attacks. We should be aware of the fact that terrorist attacks can never be explained by any religion. They only aim to disturb the general public. It is just barbaric and can have no explanation behind.
Canan Canbulat, Istanbul

The strength and courage shown by so many people yesterday morning have made me feel proud to be a Londoner... and as Londoners, we must all pull together and condemn this senseless violence. This was an attack on all of us and it could have been any one of us that lost our lives or loves yesterday morning. However, we must remain standing strong and not be beaten. We will get back on the trains, we will get back on the buses and we will not be victims. My heart goes out to the victims, their loved ones, and the city as a whole.
Anna, London

Thank you to the kind lady in her MPV running a free shuttle service between Marble Arch and Shepherd's Bush last night. No fuss, no nonsense - just a sense of humour and the Dunkirk Spirit. Made me proud of my city and proud of my country. It'll take more than this to break the Brits.
Anonymous, Shepherds Bush

People rallied and kept their heads together instead of have a mass panic
Anthony Lim, Surrey
I was on my way to a university open day via rail through Kings Cross. I would never have imagined that just two stops away (Warrens Road) the tube services would close and the stations evacuated. Just as I was walking away I heard a muffled bang. Moments later a stream of people started to rush through, some terrified to tears, most calm and composed. However, if this is an act of terrorism, I'll say it didn't work so much as planned. Yes, some lives were lost, but the people rallied and kept their heads together instead of have a mass panic which may have caused greater damage or loss. I commend the people in London that day as order was more or less kept in check despite the explosions and the damage it caused.
Anthony Lim, Surrey

I was in London yesterday, arriving at Paddington in the morning (luckily missed the Edgware Road bomb by 15 minutes). The efficiency and helpfulness of all emergency services staff was exemplary. Just like the IRA attacks in the 70s and 80s, which I lived through as a child in London, these attacks will only succeed in bringing out the best in Londoners and all British citizens.
Pierre Espinasse, Oxford, UK

Yesterday was a horrible day for London with the atrocities that occurred on our transport systems. We are based on Southampton row, just 200 yards from Russell Square where the number 30 bus was targeted. The first we heard of the incident was not the blast, but the constant stream of police and ambulance sirens shortly followed by people crying and screaming in the street from what they had seen. Our building, Victoria House, was shut down and all employees were told to remain in the building for fear of further blasts and potential attacks. The scariest part was that the phone networks were down and loved ones were travelling through out London but what could we do? Many just sat frantically calling until the network freed for a split second to get that piece of mind, ticking people off their list as they realised they were safe.

Reports spread like wild fire through the office of the casualties and what was happening in our capital city and more precisely in Russell Square. Once we were allowed to leave the building we followed the hundreds of workers amid reports that London Waterloo had reopened. Thankfully this was true and we were able to take a nervous journey home and away from the city. It's business as usual today and we refuse to let the terrorists win. We all want to follow the thoughts and comments from Tony Blair, they we change nothing and just make our sprit stronger. We defied Hitler and the IRA, do they think we will be rocked by this cowardly act? We will not!
Alex Saunders, Russell Square

From St John Ambulance, London - Operations Manager. We provided 37 ambulances and 20 Mobile Treatment Centres, with over 100 personnel, all day yesterday to support the London ambulance Service, as their principal back-up provider for major incidents. We continue to cover all of the incident sites for the duration of the clear-up operation and expect to be there for several days. Despite the seriousness and enormity of the situation, we have experienced several instances of kindness and consideration from both individuals and companies. For example, when we were at the main rendezvous point yesterday, a catering company arrived and said that as they could not deliver their food to the customer, due to the incidents, they were providing it free of charge to all our volunteers. Similarly, last night, one of my staff, having worked late into the evening, flagged down a London taxi to get home. On hearing what she had been doing as a St John employee and volunteer, he refused to take any fare. This morning, a lady and her daughter who live close by our headquarters, which accommodated several ambulances, support trucks and Control Units for much of the day yesterday, brought in a huge fruitcake in recognition of the "wonderful job the St John Ambulance is doing". Our volunteers and staff are extremely grateful for such kindness and good wishes.
John Stockham, London

We will stick together shoulder to shoulder to fight these dreadful people who can do these inhuman uncivilised acts. Australia will be always by your side to fight for freedom
Margaret Robinson, Perth, Australia

I was on a train it stopped at Kings Cross then it went into the tunnel we heard an incredible bang and our ears popped as if they were pricked with a thousand needles. Then within seconds the smoke began bellowing in through the carriages as the lights went low. At this point I was waiting either for the smoke to fill my lungs or for the flames to become visible. Waiting to die.
A Akuffo, Walthamstow

I'm amazed by my fellow Londoner's resilience and courage
Liz, London
This morning (Friday), I'm amazed by my fellow Londoner's resilience and courage. Something terrible happened to London yesterday, but we're still here and holding on. The streets were full of people trying to get into work and going about their normal business - well done to everybody. Stay safe, stay vigilant and look after each other.
Liz, London

The (very) good side of London taxi drivers. It was near impossible to catch a taxi in central London yesterday. But I bumped into a taxi driver called Terry who was looking for his daughter and work colleagues. He told me to keep walking and if he saw me later and had room he would pick me up as well. Well, 45 minutes later, I had almost forgotten about it. But then I saw him and he saw me and he had one free space, he picked me up, drove his daughter and colleagues home, then took me first to North Hertford (and waited) but no trains to Stevenage were running, then to Knebworth (and waited) but trains were not stopping there, and then finally to Stevenage where trains were running again. All of that for free. He would only give me his first name, and asked me to remember that there were some good London taxi drivers too. Terry, you were a saint for me yesterday, I cannot thank you enough, and I indeed hope there are many more like you out there.
Leigh Carter, Cambridge, UK

I was in Euston, arrived at 9am from Manchester, queued for a cab and was debating walking down to Holborn to get a cab, normally past where the bus went off. The tannoy said the tube was closed and the next thing we were evacuated out of Euston. Thankfully came out of Euston from the taxi rank and not the main station entrance, so walked down the opposite side of Tavistock Square. All we knew was a power surge had caused the underground to stop. Walked along the bottom of Tavistock Square and heard a muffled bang. Looked to the left and saw a bus with no roof, very surreal, people not panicking. Thought it must have been a bomb that caused it. Walked to Barbican and had my meeting, only then did we realise the enormity of it all. Managed to get a cab to Euston at around 3:30 just as the station opened, and got on the first train to Manchester. Virgin Rail were fantastic, free drinks, no tickets checked, regular information and very apologetic about how long it might take us to get home. A very, very surreal day.
Stephen, Manchester

Tragedies like yesterday's bombing really show how good our emergency services are
Jane-Elizabeth Richardson, Manchester, England
I would just like to register my admiration for the emergency services. In this country we continually complain about the state of our police service and the inadequacy of the NHS. Tragedies like yesterday's bombing really show how good our emergency services are. I believe that they are the best in the world, handling the situation in a professional, calm and rapid manner. I think there needs to be an acknowledgement of the amazing work done by all the emergency workers. The BBC was the only place I could find for this, perhaps there should be a government website for the commendation of such people.
Jane-Elizabeth, England

I was due to be in Central London yesterday morning before flying to Paris. A change of plan meant I was safe. My heartfelt sympathy is for those who were injured or killed. From past experience, I can assure you that this tragedy will only serve to strengthen the determination of the police and security services to bring those responsible to justice. A massive thank you to all those members of the emergency services for their heroic work.
John Hesketh, Beckenham, Kent

There are 6 million people in the capital, most of whom get up and get on a bus or tube and do a journey twice a day. The bombers managed to kill only 37 of us, so it's going to take them a long time to really make any impact on Londoners. We will not be intimidated by anyone - no matter who they are or claim to represent!
Raechel Turner, London

I had an accident with a car on Monday which meant I was on the train to work yesterday - I feel so lucky - when I got to Waterloo the tube was shut so I tried to get on a bus - the people pushing and shoving to get on the bus aggravated my injuries so feeling sick I went home - I work near Kings Cross and feel so lucky not to have been in the midst of it all - my thoughts go out to the families and friends of those bereaved or injured in this barbaric attack.
Scott Dougall, Addlestone

Anyone who ever travelled on the London Underground will have an idea of the terror those poor people went through. I am due to start my holiday in UK next week and was considering cancelling after the bombings. Having seen the strength and character of Londoners, my plans to visit London next Thursday remain intact. You are an example to the whole world and always have been. God Bless you all.
Simon, Cape Town, South Africa

We took some people into our office who had just got off the bus and were in shock
Maggie Newport, London
I work inside the BMA building and heard the bus bomb exploding. We took some people into our office who had just got off the bus and were in shock. When we were evacuated from the building, we took refuge in the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury. The staff there were terrific. I got a room for myself and four colleagues and when we were able to leave about 4 hours later to walk to Charing Cross, the hotel only charged me £50 instead of £100 for the whole night. So well done to the Holiday Inn - they are an example of a hotel chain not cashing in.
Maggie Newport, London

I am a 15-year-old Muslim girl and was on my way to central London but luckily I'm safe. The attacks were horrific, barbaric, wrong and really disgusting. It is unfair because Muslims as a whole will be blamed if al-Qaeda have done it, but we are as upset and condemn these attacks very strongly.
Razan, London

Following the atrocities in London yesterday my journey home took 5 hrs. I left St James's Street at 13:30 and walked to London Liverpool St which was closed. I then walked to Bow and caught a 25 bus to Stratford Station, this too was closed I then re boarded a 25 bus to Ilford where I caught a mainline train to Shenfield changed at Shenfield for my train home to Colchester. I arrived home at 18:30. Can I just say a big thank you to all the emergency services especially the police who were manning the stations, there advice and directions was a great help. May I also thank all the staff on One railway especially at Ilford who handed out leaflets with emergency telephone number's regarding travel for Friday 8th July.
Steve Cahalarn, London





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