While London is recovering from one of the worst attacks in its recent past, the memory of July 7 still haunts the city and its people.
It’s been 12 years since the day when London witnessed one of the deadliest attacks in its history. The 7/7 bombings for London is what 9/11 is for United States. It brings back the memories of a horrific event that took away the lives of many.
We bring you some fast facts to know what make 7/7 one of the most dreadful events in the history of United Kingdom.
A total of 56 people died in the attacks. In which 52 were civilians and the four bombers. Over 700 people were injured.
The terrorist attacks were the UK’s worst since the Lockerbie bombing on December 21 1988. 270 people were killed when Pan Am flight 103 was destroyed.
The greatest loss of life was on the Piccadilly line, when a bomb was detonated on a train between King’s Cross St Pancras and Russell Square. A total of 27 people were killed including the bomber, 19-year-old Germaine Lindsay. Over 340 were injured.
Seven people were killed in the attack on Edgware Road including the bomber, 30-year-old Mohammad Siddique Khan. A total of 163 were injured.
Role of Firefighters
It took firefighters an hour to get in to the train damaged by the Russell Square bomb. The first firefighters arrived at King’s Cross station at 9.13am (24 minutes after the blast) but did not enter the tunnel until a second crew arrived at 9.42am. The door was finally opened at 10.15am, one hour and 26 minutes after the attack.
The FTSE (Financial Times Stock Exchange) 100 fell by around 200 points during the two hours after the first attack – its biggest drop since the invasion of Iraq two years earlier in 2003. The market recovered to end the day down 71.3 points or 1.36% on the previous day’s three-year closing high.
News websites accounted for 5.6% of all online traffic on July 7, up nearly 50% on the previous day. The BBC news website accounted for just over a quarter (28.6%) of all page impressions on news websites in the UK; Sky News was in third place with 3.8%, and the Guardian fifth with 2.4%.
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