Terrorangreb i London

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(FILES) Police officers stand in front of a the sealed off area around a bus in Euston, London which exploded after a bomb went off onboard the bus, 07 July 2005. British authorities have thwarted "at least four major plots" on British soil since the deadly July 7 bombings last year, home secretary John Reid told BBC television 13 August 2006. Reid said that all four plots would have led to significant loss of life, and added that around 24 terror investigations were currently being pursued by the police. AFP PHOTO FILES / CARL DE SOUZA.
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Torsdag morgen 7. juli 2005 fandt et af de voldsomste terrorangreb i Storbritanniens nyere historie sted i London. Inden for en time eksploderede fire bomber midt i myldretiden på fire forskellige steder i den britiske hovedstad, og dræbte 52 samt sårede mere end 700 personer.

Bag angrebet stod fire unge, muslimske briter, der fandt inspiration hos al-Qaeda, der siden tog ansvaret for terroraktionen. De fire terrorister bar alle selvmordsbomber, som de detonerede i den engelske undergrundsbane og i en bus.

I 2012 afslørede britiske og amerikanske sikkerhedskilder på baggrund af beslaglagte dokumenter fra al-Qaeda, at bombeangrebene blev planlagt af terrorlederen Rashid Rauf i samarbejde med en af de fire terrorister, Mohammed Siddique Khan. arjg