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London attacks

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King's Cross - Russell Square
Graphic of train showing where explosion happened
Piccadilly line: Explosion in first carriage by first set of double doors
Graphic showing location of the bombed train between King's Cross and Russell Square stations, and explaining difference between deep tube tunnels and shallower sub-surface lines.

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The explosion was on Piccadilly line train number 311 travelling south from King's Cross station to Russell Square. The device was in the first carriage by the first set of double doors where passengers stand.

Twenty-six people died in the blast. Recovery teams took many days to extract all the bodies from the damaged carriages.

The Piccadilly line is 21.3 metres (70 feet) deep at this point. Recovery teams faced intense heat of up to 60C, dust, fumes, vermin, asbestos and there were initial concerns that the tunnel might collapse.

BBC News reporter Jacqui Head, who was on the train, told of a "massive bang" and added: "There was immediately smoke everywhere and it was very hot and everybody panicked. People started screaming and crying."

People walking along the tube tracks to safety, image taken by mobile phone

I started to shake with the relief of being alive
Rachel McFayden

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