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Nothing major seems to have broken in the last few hours, but let's take a moment to go over what we do know.

The body count is fifty, but is expected to rise according to Sir Ian Blair, the Met's Police commissioner, who also made mention of the work going on at the four crime scenes (not six as previously reported). We like the fact that they are now 'crime scenes' because the everydayness of that term takes a lot of the power away from the terrorists. Of course it was an atrocity, but the bottom line is that those responsible are criminals and we shouldn't afford then any higher status than that.

So far it's believed that there was less than 10lb of high explosive in each device used. More than enough it seems, but again we are relived that the damage and loss of life was not greater.

The Liverpool St bomb was in the third carriage, 100 yards into the tunnel. At King’s Cross and Russell Square the devices are said to have been in the first carriage, in the standing area next to the first set of double doors. At Edgware Road the device was in the second carriage, in the standing area by the first set of double doors.

The tube devices are thought to have been left on the floor of the trains, but it's still unclear whether the device on the bus was abandoned or set off by a suicide bomber. One man believes he may have seen the bomber:

He was standing next to me with a bag at his feet and he kept dipping into this bag and fiddling about with something. I was getting quite annoyed with this because it was a crowded bus. Everybody is standing face-to-face and this guy kept dipping into this bag.

We have heard a report that there was a bomb scare at Victoria Coach Station just a little while ago, but like many of the late afternoon incidents from yesterday we're expecting that to be nothing more than another lost bag.

We'll get back to you as soon as anything changes.

UPDATE:

16.38 The BBC are reporting that thirteen people were killed on the bus that exploded at Tavistock Place

Last Updated 08 July 2005

Eugene

If the murderous bombings in London are going to be called "crime scenes," then Iraq and Afghanistan should be called "crime scenes." Of couse, that would also apply to the ghettos in America. It would also apply to the Indian reservations in America. What actually happens in these places is also "terrorism," but it is officially white supremacist racist imperialist "terrorism," which, of course, makes it acceptable.

People who commit the type of crimes enacted against Londoners have a motive. What is their motive? What makes them do this type of thing? Of course, the same could be asked the other way: Why do Americans and Brits torture darkies? Why do Americans continue their genocide against Native Americans? Why do people get behind an illegal war? Why do people kill each other so their noble assholes that they serve can receive more wealth?

There is a book that just came out in the states that I believe everyone should read. It is called: "Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil," by Inga Muscio. It may help explain a little why such horrible shit like what happened in London happens at all.

Until then, Fuck your "crime scene" bullshit. The whole world is one large fucking "crime scene."

Church Lady

Well now Eugene, isn't that special.

Mike

Eugene - at some point we'll be getting to the 'why' of all this and maybe then some of what you have said will be relevant. If you read Londonist on a regular basis you'll quickly see that most of the individuals who write here were not in favour of the war in Iraq or indeed what happened in Afghanistan and while it looks likely that events there have had direct repercussions for London at the moment (and we are still taking this one day at a time) the simple fact is that yesterday's attacks were a crime.

The people who died yesterday were targeted indiscriminately and the police will do their job to the best of their ability to bring those responsible to justice.

That means investigating the attack as a criminal act. If those responsible then want to bring in the wider world problems as some kind of defense or justification then they are more than welcome to.

There are going to be a LOT of questions asked about the WHY of all this and some of those questions will be asked right here, but for the time being you really are lashing out at the wrong people and in the wrong place.

Come back after the weekend and maybe there'll be a more appropriate place for your comments or feel free to eamil us in the meantime, but anything similar along those lines posted here today will be considered trolling and we'll delete the hell out of it.