August 2, 2005

Police seal off London streets due to suspect bus

LONDON (Reuters) - British police sealed off an area around
Kings Cross station in central London on Tuesday and said there
was a bus in the area with smoke coming out of it.

"I don't think we should jump to any conclusions," a police
spokesman said, adding that a van from the bomb disposal unit
was on its way to the scene as a precaution.

A spokesman for Transport For London (TFL), which oversees
the city's transit network, said the alert was on "a number 205
bus in the vicinity of Kings Cross."

"Emergency services are in attendance," the spokesman said.
"Buses are delayed. The tube (underground railway) is not
affected at the moment."

Television pictures showed a large area outside the station
sealed off with police tape. Bystanders were crowded on the
pavements and police officers were patrolling the area.

A witness told Reuters he saw around 20 people jumping off
the top deck of the bus, but this could not be confirmed from
any other source. He said he had smelled burning but did not
report seeing any smoke.

The Kings Cross area was targeted by one of four bombers
who detonated explosives on the city's transport network on
July 7, killing more than 50 people.

London was targeted again by bombers on July 21 but their
attacks failed and no one was killed.