04Aug05: 03:10: Bristol, UK
Did July 7 bombs explode *under* trains?
by Adrian Connock and Tony Gosling
Victims of two of the three London tube explosions say the bombs
went off under the trains. Their eyewitness accounts appear to
contradict the theory that suicide bombers were responsible for killing 39
passengers on London's tube network that day.
The Guardian's Mark Honigsbaum spoke to several eye witnesses to
the Edgware Road tube bomb on July 7th. He reported "an explosion this
morning under the carriage of the train", and went on, "some
passengers described how tiles, the covers on the floor of the train, suddenly
flew up, raised up". Victims also told him the train "had been
derailed by this explosion", again suggesting the bomb was under the
carriage. A man caught by the blast was reported to have "very, very bad
injuries to his legs".
Bruce Lait, injured by the Aldgate East tube bomb was interviewed
on the 11th July by a reporter from the Cambridge Evening News. Mr
Lait explained that as he was being led to safety, "The policeman
said 'mind that hole, that's where the bomb was'. The metal was pushed upwards as if the bomb was underneath the train. They seem to think the bomb was left in a bag, but I don't remember anybody being where the bomb was, or any bag".
The 7th July bombs were followed, exactly two weeks later, by
failed [sic] copycat [sic] attacks. This morning, exactly another two weeks on, London's commuters will be hoping the third cell that police warned of on
Sunday, is not preparing to attack again.
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