July 9, 2005

UK police – 3 underground bombs were simultaneous

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said the three bomb
attacks on London Underground trains on Thursday morning
occurred almost simultaneously and were more likely to have
been triggered by timing devices than suicide bombers.

"All three bombs on the London Underground system actually
exploded within seconds of each other at around 8:50 in the
morning," Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Brian
Paddick told a news conference on Saturday.

"Bearing in mind these were almost simultaneous, we think
within 50 seconds of each other, maybe that lends more toward
timing devices more than people actually with the bombs,
manually detonating. But we are not ruling out either of those

Police had previously thought the three blasts were spread
over nearly half an hour, but revised their information in the
light of new technical data and witness statements, he said.

A fourth bomb went off on a bus near King's Cross station
at 9:47 a.m. Altogether more than 50 people were killed in the
worst peacetime attacks in the British capital, which officials
say carry the hallmarks of al Qaeda.