s in the United Kingdom, targeting civilians using London
's public transport
system during the morning rush hour
On the morning of Thursday, 7 July 2005, four terrorists detonated four bombs, three in quick succession aboard London Underground
trains across the city and, later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square
. Fifty-two people, as well as the four bombers, were killed in the attacks, and over 700 more were injured.
The explosions were caused by homemade organic peroxide
-based devices packed into rucksacks.
- Prince William of Wales|Prince William of Wales, on tour in New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions|British and Irish Lions said, "At this time I'm sure that I'm joined by New Zealanders and Lions supporters alike in extending to the families and loved ones of all those directly involved, my heartfelt sympathies."
- Andrew, Duke of York|The Duke of York visited the Transport for London|Transport for London staff and the Metropolitan Police|Metropolitan Police at CentreComm, the London Buses Command and Control Complex in Buckingham Palace Road on July 8. The Duke met staff who co-ordinated the transport network in London following the attacks, and praised Londoners for their reactions, saying "The way that Londoners pulled together yesterday was quite extraordinary."
- Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester|The Duke and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester|Duchess of Gloucester visited the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on July 9 to meet victims of the attack and to thank staff.