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London Bombings Kill 37; Officials say 'Hallmarks of Al-Qaida' Attack


Remnants of bus that exploded in Tavistock Square, in central London, Thursday

A series of bombings on London's subway and bus network has killed at least 37 people and wounded more than 700. The British government suspects Islamic terrorists are responsible. A massive investigation is under way.

The attacks during morning rush hour Thursday have left Londoners shocked and angry, but apparently determined to carry on with their lives.

As police, fire and ambulance crews grappled with the carnage, Prime Minister Tony Blair rushed backed to London from the Group of Eight summit in Scotland to assess the situation.

After his meetings, Mr. Blair confirmed that Britain suspects Islamic terrorists.

"We know that these people act in the name of Islam," said Mr. Blair. "But we also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims here and abroad are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this act of terrorism every bit as much as we do."

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says the bombings bear, in his words, "all the hallmarks of al-Qaida," the terrorist network that attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.

Mr. Blair is appealing to the British public to keep up the fight against terrorism with what he calls their "stoic resolve."

"When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated," added Mr. Blair. "When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm."

Hundreds of thousands of Londoners walked home from work in the rain late Thursday. Bus and subway service was running only sporadically. An empty taxi was hard to find. Streets were gridlocked with vehicles, and police kept traffic away from some of the bombed subway stations. Authorities are hoping to resume normal public transport service on Friday.

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