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July 7th 2005 London Bombings

London explosions: Your accounts

BBC | 19th July 05 | original url: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4659237.stm

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

Nothing has made me more proud than to see the stoic peacefulness of Londoners

Stefan Codrington, London, UK
I've never been a patriotic person. But nothing has made me more proud than to see the stoic peacefulness of Londoners. There is such an undaunted look on every face in the street despite the long shadow that palls over us.
Stefan Codrington, London, United Kingdom

I missed the Kings Cross explosion by 10 minutes and was evacuated from Moorgate station. I need to send heartfelt thanks to the emergency services, LU staff and fellow commuters. Not once was there any panic and the calmness and determination of everyone to get on with their day made me so proud. The message we have sent to the misguided perpetrators who caused such grief in our great city is one of resolute defiance. We will not bow to your threats or your cruel actions, do not underestimate our collective strength in the face of adversity. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Be strong.
Matt, London

I first want to wish the victims and their families of this sinister event my dearest sympathies. I have seen what the TV cameras can not show you since with these acts of terrorism. I have been an emergency responder to Oklahoma City bombing and the Pentagon 911. I feel that the people of Britain are a strong and courageous group of people and with time will overcome their trauma. When I visited London I found the city rich in history and wouldn't let this keep me from visiting again. God Bless.
Allen Rossi, Washington DC Area, USA

The emergency services were fantastic in such terrible circumstances. The provision of boats to clear Canary Wharf in the absence of any other transportation was wonderful. It was poignant to see pleasure steamers, little boats and the usual ferries queuing up to take their passengers away, free of charge. It reminded me of the spirit of Dunkirk.
Ann Chown, London UK

Was coming out of Liverpool Street when the first bomb went off then was down towards Aldgate when the second did. The worst day of my working life, complete panic, but we must all stand tall and not let these people win ever.
Spencer Bernstein, London, UK

Very impressed with the police, health, fire services, the people of London and most surprising the politician's response to this attack. It was bound to happen, it may happen again, but terrorists will not change this city or this country. Lets hope it strengthens London's diversity, and doesn't destroy it.
Sinead, London

I was waiting at Liverpool Street station and got onto the Circle Line train at 8.50. Just as I sat down I heard a massive explosion and the lights went out. There was an eerie silence and then someone said 'what was that?' We were then calmly told to leave the carriage and make our way up the stairs. This was a most terrifying experience. I don't know if everyone on all the other carriages were okay. I feel very tired and drawn today and very sorry for those people who were injured or killed. Terrorizing innocent people going about their daily business is cowardly and an almost blatant acceptance of defeat.
Maxine Goodes, Cheshunt, Herts, UK

I witnessed how my fellow Londoners reacted in a positive and disciplined way towards each other

Keya Sarker, Bushey, Herts
I was on Met line tube Thursday morning, a couple of trains behind the blast at Aldgate Station. I witnessed how my fellow Londoners reacted in a positive and disciplined way towards each other. I feel blessed to be alive, my heart reaches out for the injured and my deepest sympathy for the families who lost their loved ones. All I can say is stay united at this terrible time and let nothing destroy our spirit to overcome this.
Keya Sarker, Bushey, Herts

I was in the last carriage of the Circle Line train that had just left Paddington. The tube had just left when there was a sudden explosion and the square marked area in the centre of the tube exploded. By this time I had fallen down. There was black smoke everywhere and a very strong smell as if the wiring in the carriage was burning. The awful part was when we had to wait for at least 30 minutes before being evacuated. I knew that a bomb had exploded and the worst part for me during the next 30 minutes was the wait. After a painful 30 minutes we were told to walk up to the front carriage and down the tunnel. As I walked I began crying because I could not bear to see the state of the front 3 carriages. There was smashed glass everywhere, the carriage had almost melted. Everyone around me began crying. I must say that the people in my carriage were very calm and patient. We all comforted each other and there was no pushing or running around instead everyone quietly and calmly walked out onto the black tunnel before walking to the platform at Edgware Road. I would like to say that I have been using the tubes for the last 8 years and this will not stop me from carrying on with my day to day life.
Sharan, Middlesex, London

Ben Thwaites gives an account of the Edgware blast. I wanted to let him know that the "American" who helped cross to the bombed out carriage was a Canadian. Peter Zimonjic is a reporter for our daily newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen. In Sunday's paper he gives the same account as Ben from his own point of view. Theirs are two views of a short moment in time when London showed the world what a class act it is.
Sue McSheffrey, Renfrew, Canada

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been affected by the terrible happenings in London. Although in the US, I am a British citizen that used to work in London and know the blast areas very well as I used to come into London via Liverpool Street and also went to Kings Cross occasionally. So it was un-nerving when I heard and knew I had been there. I was in London during the IRA bombings and in New York after 9/11 and can remember feeling anxious. I would like all who read this to know I am praying for you and that those of you in London.
Martyn Laitt, Connecticut, USA

I take the Piccadilly line southbound around that time every day. There had been normal service delays anyway, and as a result I was running late. All of the trains were packed and I couldn't get on the first one at my station. I got on the next one to arrive around 5 minutes later and squeezed on. We continued to Caledonian Road Station when the driver announced the power had gone and he couldn't find out why. I have to say that not all of the drivers are as communicative, but he was great and deserves a lot of praise. He then informed us to leave the station as there was an issue with the train in front. Luckily we were in a station and not having to evacuate from a tunnel. Its scary to think had I been at my station maybe a minute earlier and got on the first train things could have been much worse.
John, London

For a reason that I will never know, I got on and off that Kings Cross/Russell Square train and decided to catch a bus. The emergency services did fantastically well but I would really like us to thank the London Transport staff too. They had the day from hell too yet they had to get past their own personal worries and try their best to get passengers to safety.
Bobby, London

My fiancé, Paul, and I were on the second carriage from the back on the King's Cross/Russell Square tube. The experience was terrifying and we are so glad to have escaped fully fit - my thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and with those who are injured, I do hope they get better soon. I must comment on the great spirit of those who were in the carriage with us - people so often comment on the arrogance of Londoners and how unfriendly we are - yesterday there was none of that. We all rallied together helping one another get through it - holding hands, sharing water, calming those who were panicked. When we emerged from the underground and made frantic calls to our family and friends many people stopped to check we were okay. I am sure London will be back on its feet very soon.
Katherine Wilde, London

Whoever has done this tried to tear our country apart

Natalie Goddard, Chichester, England
My heart is with anyone who has suffered in any way but especially to those who have lost close friends or family, in this horrendous act of terror. Whoever has done this tried to tear our country apart. Well they haven't, they've just made it closer. So to whoever did it, just remember we are the champions and in my eyes long live the champions!
Natalie Goddard, Chichester, England

I am a Londoner born and bred, living in America for the past year. When a friend of mine told me about the London bombings, I spent the entire day in front of the TV watching ANY news channel that was covering the attacks. Most of the time I was in tears but I had the comfort of close friends to support me. My thoughts and prayers go to those loved ones who lost someone during 07/07. However, as a people we Londoners WILL survive.... if London can withstand the Blitz... we can survive anything.
Gerwyn Cory, NC, USA

I was unable to get on the bus that exploded so I and three others got on the one in front. Downstairs was busy so we went upstairs, the front was busy, so we went to very back. There was a lady sitting on the long seat and she said something like "don't know why you got on this bus, it ain't going anywhere". I turned to answer her and the bus behind us exploded before my eyes. I have never in my life been so frightened - the noise, that noise was horrible. I saw the bus shake, I saw the top collapse or at least I thought it had. I saw people standing up or at least I thought I did!

Then the top of our bus became hysterical, people were screaming and I remember being pushed down the stairs. I remember thinking, don't trip Laraine whatever you do don't trip. Next thing I knew we were out on the street again running away from the scene. I did look back for a second but somebody pulled me along with them. I felt I should have gone back to help but I was so very frightened. I work in Moorgate and my train from Winchmore Hill was diverted into Kings X.

I will never forget that noise and may those dear people that died rest in peace. I am sorry, I do not have any pictures although I was holding my mobile phone - the pictures are still too real and clear in my head. I don't think what I have written helps you but maybe it helps me. I am alive, I couldn't get on that fated bus. Time heals they say?
Laraine Gordon, London, England

The London police in the Tube stations are to be commended

Donna, Oklahoma, USA
My family and I were in London visiting and were in the London Underground during Thursday's attacks. We were on our way to Gatwick airport. We started at Paddington Station and were evacuated at Baker Street Station just minutes after the blasts occurred. We were in the vicinity of Edgware Road when that bomb went off. The London police in the Tube stations are to be commended for not getting the people panicked. They were very calm. The British people on the train to the airport were so kind to us and offered their cell phones to us to call home to America to let our loved ones know we were okay. I love London and will definitely be back.
Donna Bratschun, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

On Thursday I took the train as usual at Turnpike Lane to go to King's Cross where I had to get a train to Manchester. I arrived there a couple of minutes after the train that exploded left the platform. I got, as usual, on the first carriage. I was late and angry for the way the Tube works in rush hours. I was thinking that maybe it is true: London will not cope with the Olympics. At Finsbury Park the driver said that the train would not stop at King's Cross so my partner and I got off and took a mainland train. I was angry and now I feel guilty. I know we were so lucky to escape all that, my thoughts go to all the people who got caught in a way or another, to the family of the dead and the missing people. I am Italian, I have been leaving here for 7 years now and I am so proud to be part of this multicultural and brave city. The calm that everybody showed on the day and that I saw on TV and videos it's unbelievable, as well as the sense of solidarity. Christian, Muslim, it does not matter we will be united. We are not afraid.
Monica, Italy/UK

My boyfriend and his daughter had just arrived in London that day. They were going to spend a week there as a holiday. If they had arrived 2 hours earlier they would probably have been on one of affected trains as they were going from Stansted Airport to the Russell Square. Fortunately, they had to remain at the airport. Since the phones collapsed they lacked information about what exactly had happened. I was on the net all the day providing them with news from BBC. Fortunately, they caught the plane back the same day. They have got over the shock and are going back to London next month! A lot of sympathy with the families and friends of victims!
Lenka, Pardubice, Czech Republic

London lives on and so will we

Sara Hall, Somerset, UK
I'm still in shock over the awful events that unfolded in London last Thursday. My heart goes out to every person affected by this tragedy. I've never been to London myself. I'm 24 and even more determined to get to see the amazing city and people that are 'London'. London lives on and so will we. I have so much respect for those people going back to work and showing the terrorists that we won't be scared away or taking things steady. We are all here to carry on living freely.
Sara Hall, Somerset, UK

To all the people who have told their stories of 7/7: I hope that as the days and weeks pass you come to realize how brave and inspiring you are. You kept your wits about you and helped your neighbours through a horrific experience. Hats off to you. Nothing can bring back those innocents lost or ease the grief of their loved ones but the world is grateful that you survived.
Lisa, Arkansas, USA

I had to walk home on Thursday and I was struck by the way people talked together. London is usually a place where you don't even make eye contact during your commute. However, on Thursday I talked to people I didn't know; sharing information and feelings with them. It was a good thing that came from such a terrible atrocity. I am still saddened by this and my heart goes out to all those who have lost friends or are still waiting for news.
Charlote Hood, London, UK

My gym is in Woburn Place, if I had not been feeling unwell on Thursday 7 July I would have been leaving there and walking along that road when the bus bomb went off! I have another friend who thankfully overslept that morning because otherwise she would probably have been on the train that blew up! I thank God that my family and friends are safe and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Bridget O'Dea, London, UK

I am just returning to Sri Lanka from London and it is incredible. The people here are still in, what seems like, the unending aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and yet all that everyone in the country is talking about here is the appalling attacks in London. The world has done so much to help the people here recover from their fate and yet all these people, including my colleagues at the institute, can do is offer our heartfelt, deepest sympathies. Peace and harmony.
Dr A J Madagoi, Anaradhapura, Sri Lanka

I have been extremely shocked and saddened by Thursday's events. My thoughts are going to the families and the people of London. I would like to add that I have the greatest admiration for the British people and the Londoner for going on about their lives after such an event. Your courage is a lesson to us all.
Laurent, Paris, France

Condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones

Kate, Melbourne, Australia
I just want to say that the attacks on London have been deeply felt here in Australia, I think because so may people here have relatives and friends in London and the UK who could easily have been involved in the horror that occurred. I have a friend that would have been on the Edgware Rd train if not for a cancelled business meeting, for example. Condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones, and keep standing firm as you have been, it's the only way we can beat this.
Kate, Melbourne, Australia

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you recover from this terrible ordeal. The Union Jack is flying at our home and in our hearts.
Miriam Henderson McFall, Minnesota, USA

I cannot stop thinking about the awful events of Thursday 7th July. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who are lost. We need to unite as a nation to show we will not be intimidated by evil.
Caroline, London

No matter what our colour or religion we are British

Mike, UK
I think it's about time we showed the world that we the British are united as a people whether Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, Hindu, Sikh or whatever. Let's all get together and march with linked arms to show the world and the terrorists that no matter what our colour or religion we are British, we are united and we won't bow to terrorism.
Mike, UK

The emergency services did a brilliant job yesterday; I think all their training has paid off.
Louise Forster, Milton Keynes

My heart goes out to everyone who has lost loved ones after the London blasts yesterday. I had a co-worker stuck in London and not being able to reach him on his mobile was terrifying. Fortunately he is safe and well. I just hope these cowards are caught and brought to justice. Keep your chins up London and be proud of being British.
Cailin, Feltham, UK

As a British Muslim, I am absolutely appalled by the horrific attacks this week, as is the rest of my community. The attacks were indiscriminate and it's vital that we all, regardless of religion or race, continue to hold a united front against these barbarians.
Ghazala, Birmingham, UK

People are asking what we should do now. Here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to grieve the loss of so many fellow Londoners. Then I'm going to get up, fill my lungs with London air, fill my glass with London ale and then I'm going to live my life exactly as I did before. That's what I'm going to do.
Stuart, London

After a lot of confusion at Euston station yesterday and missing a few buses, I saw a No 30 bus at Woburn Place with people getting off. My friend and I ran to catch it, we knocked on the door for the driver to open the door, he didn't as he needed I suppose to pull away in order to let an unmarked blue coloured car with the sirens going that was stuck in traffic trying to go through into Euston road. The bus was full but not cramped with people. I started to walk in the same direction as the bus not knowing where I was going but to heading towards the city. Two to three minutes later, a big blast happened and smoke was up in the air. All the people around thought a building had a blast and we all ran back towards Euston Road, not realising that it was the No 30 bus that had blown apart. My prayers are for all those that lost their lives to this tragic incident wherever they were and to their families. Today Friday, I braved my journey back into Euston Station and only to find Euston underground was closed due to a security alert at 9.20am. I went to get the bus into Angel feeling queasy but just got onto the No 205 to Angel hoping I would reach home at the end of the day to family/friends.
Minaxi, London, UK

British people will not be put off from their normal lives by this sort of activity

Terence Goode, City of London
The whole point of terrorism is to strike fear into the victims. As a worker in the City, nothing has changed. I used a bus yesterday evening and the Tube today. Passengers on the Tube read papers, slept and looked no different this morning. People were in bars and restaurants last night and will be there today. The financial markets bounced back quickly and shops are open. It's business as usual. There is no fear. Terrorism will not work in the UK. I've never been especially patriotic but it strikes me the British people will not be put off from their normal lives by this sort of activity.
Terence Goode, City of London

I think another way we can show the terrorists that whatever they do will never and hasn't destroyed London's community is by forgiving the terrorists. It may sound strange but if we forgive them then they will realise that we as Londoners will always be there for each other and will never step down to terrorists. They will never break our love, care and bond between each other.
Megan Phillips, Purley

I'm sad and deeply wounded by these horrific attacks on the innocents. Being a Muslim even hurts me more because those claimed for the attacks carry the name of my belief and turn the world against Muslims. Never once has the religion said it is your duty to take lives of people. It affects me in more than one way: I am hurt for the victims and their families, but I am also hurt for the future victims of hate crime. Please help us come together at this tragic time and help prevent hate crime towards innocent Muslims in London.
Lela Haan, Minneapolis, USA

Being a British Asian, I strongly condemn the attacks

Jay Singh, Harrow, Middlesex
I express my sympathy to the families who have lost their love ones and to those who have sustained injuries. Being a British Asian, I strongly condemn the attacks and want to see the perpetrators dealt with strongly.
Jay Singh, Harrow, Middlesex

I was on the eastbound Circle Line train from Paddington. I only took the Circle Line because there were delays on the Bakerloo. I thought we had collided with the westbound train. When I emerged from Edgware Road station, I felt strangely disorientated but very happy to be ok. I bought a bottle of water from the nearby Tesco and had to apologise for my dirty hands as the cashier handed me my change! I decided to head straight home instead of going to work. Only when I was nearly at Reading did I learn it was a terrorist attack. Well done to the LU staff and Emergency Services.
Will Thomas, Didcot, UK

I want to express my sadness of what happened. Our condolences to the British people. As an Arabic Muslim, we are completely against violence. We want peace and happiness to everybody in the world.
J. Ahmad, Jordan

I was on one of the trains that were damaged at Edgware Rd, and your timings are really wrong. I looked at my phone at 10 to nine, annoyed that I was going to be late for work. The bomb went off shortly afterwards. We were underground for about 20 minutes and then taken off the trains. I rang my work at 9.12am to say I'd be in a bit later. Wounded people were sitting in the station as we walked out, and people were asking if anyone had called an ambulance. I think I saw police showing up at 9.17am, not the blast itself.
Clem, London

The rescue staff and all the volunteers were absolutely amazing

Carol Miller, Witney, Oxfordshire
I was aboard the Tube at Edgware Road, opposite the carriage that blew up. I cannot explain what horrors we all saw and how that will affect me for the rest of my life. There were many heroes in our carriage, but I would especially like to thank the wonderful man that looked after me and my friend. Without you I'm not sure how we would have coped, you are truly my hero! I'm just sorry that I can't thank you personally. The rescue staff and all the volunteers were absolutely amazing and you are all true heroes, I will remember you all for the rest of my life.
Carol Miller, Witney, Oxfordshire

I was on one of the Edgware Rd trains. After the blast I tried to call the office - the call was registered at 08:54.
Dorothy Flynn, Edinburgh, Scotland

I'm very surprised that there were so many deaths claimed at the King's Cross explosion. I was standing at the front of the second carriage and apart from a couple of voices that were screaming and praying, there were no cries for help that indicated serious injury or even death. Especially as many as 21 or more as reported. People were in a state of shock but remained calm. Is there any information on how they died or how the explosion could have killed them?
Mandy Yu, London

I was on the eastbound Hammersmith and City train that had just stopped at Edgware Road station. We heard a loud bang, which shook our train. An announcement said that it was a power surge. Everyone was stressed and was told to evacuate. I thought: "London is useless, they don't deserve the Olympics". That makes me feel really guilty now. I know the blast went off at around 8.50am because that is my routine. I always take the same train at the same time, to arrive at Kings Cross at 9am. It's my routine, we were all just doing what we usually do - it's very unfair. Now it is just dealing with the guilt of leaving the others suffering and dying behind. But we were told it was a power surge that is why we left them behind. If I had known I would have tried to help - I just didn't know.
Sigrun Matthiesen, London, Bayswater

As a New Yorker who lived through the attacks of 9/11, I want to offer the British people my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Time will heal.
Rachel, New York, USA

My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has been affected by this terrible day

Olivia, Hampshire, UK
What happened in London on Thursday was a terrible shock. I myself am 13 years old and was on the Tube at the same time the day before. I was so lucky that I didn't go on Thursday instead of Wednesday. I feel so sorry for all the people who are affected by this terror act. I just don't understand how people can have the sole ambition to go out and destroy lives. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has been affected by this terrible day.
Olivia, Hampshire, UK

I cannot believe after everything that happened yesterday that people have the cheek to moan about London's Tubes! For those who managed to get out alive, you should be rejoicing, for there were many out there who were not as lucky as you. Well done to the emergency services for being true heroes!
Stephanie Stevens, Carshalton, Surrey

My wife and I were in London on holiday last spring and went to King's Cross (to see Platform 9 3/4) and are just appalled by these bombings. We loved London and are seriously considering moving there. I admire the people of England and their steel and determination.
Nick Moscato, Boston, MA

I decided to work from home on the day of the bombings and didn't use the Piccadilly line as I would normally do during the morning rush hour. I am more determined than ever to make sure I carry on using the underground to travel to work and plan on using it when I go to watch the London Olympics in 2012. I am proud of the way people of all faiths have come together and condemned this dastardly act. These cowards will not succeed in terrorising Londoners. They have already lost their so-called war.
Nitin, London

I went through Liverpool St an hour before the bomb. I work at a school near Aldgate East and all I can say is that everyone was amazing. The staff at school looked after the pupils, and each other, with such professionalism and compassion. Today I went on a bus and a Tube for the first time since Thursday. I needed to do it, I can't live my life being scared of public transport!
Nancy, London

I wanted to highly praise the driver for how calm, assuring and often amusing he was

Mia, London
I was stuck on the Piccadilly train behind the one that exploded for over two hours in a very cramped, hot carriage and I wanted to highly praise the driver for how calm, assuring and often amusing he was. He kept in communication with us, letting know what was going on (power cut to whole system), and what was happening next.

His best quote was when he had tried to evacuate us all onto the train behind, but, because we were in the first carriage, by the time we had got close to the other train, it was too full to get us on. He said something like: "I don't know how you do it every day, but you all managed to squeeze yourselves onto that [first] train. But I can't now get you all onto the other train. I've tried, but there are pregnant women in there. So you lot are going to have to wait, we'll take the other train back to Arsenal and then we'll come back for you. You'll be on your own, but we'll be back soon." (not exact words)

They left us there, and then the power came on, together with the air con - he advised us to close all the doors and vents to take advantage of the air con. After a bit, our train started reversing and we were able to get off onto the station through the driver's door. I don't know if you can forward my thanks to this driver. His voice is heard on the amateur mobile video titled "Passenger praises tube driver's calm", from about 1:05 seconds into the footage.
Mia, London

I was nowhere near London on this day. My brother and his girlfriend were, both travelling through King's Cross. It was, without a doubt, the longest day until we finally managed to contact them both, with paranoia having firmly set in. I despise the way I have been made to feel by these people, with their cowardice all too evident. My sincere condolences to anyone directly affected by this atrocious act.
Sean, Surrey, UK

The sight of thousands doing what they could to get into work on Friday, whether it be walking, cycling, catching the bus or tube, sends a clear message to the perpetrators of these mindless acts: Londoners will not be beaten, frightened or deterred by your actions. You will not succeed!
Mike, Harrow

The actions of the driver made the experience a little easier with his calm manner

Joan Grey, London
I was one of the many people stuck on the train in the tunnel at Holloway Road for over two hours. Though it was overcrowded and very hot we were kept informed of everything that was happening. We all had to be put on a train and driven away from the area. We were the train behind the bombed train at King's Cross. The actions of the driver made the experience a little easier with his calm manner and his sense of humour. I don't know who he was but if you or anyone who knows him reads this please let him know his efforts were appreciated! Thank you.
Joan Grey, London

I am a Muslim, and I missed the bombs at King's Cross by about 10 minutes, I felt really lucky as I had a chance encounter with a friend which made me change my usual journey to work. However, the one image that I will remember for the rest of my life is how people rushed to help a cyclist who fell over in the street. It made my heart grow to see humanity is still alive, and how events like this only make us come closer.
Ozan Bagatirlar, London, UK

I live in the UK, (London area to be more exact) for several years. London was and still is my second home. I pray for the families that have lost dear ones. I worked at the Russell Square area and have a lot of friends in London. Glad to hear that they are all fine. My love to all the British brave people who know how to keep their cool.
Marija Mir de Sanchez, Uruguay

It was difficult to breathe but most of us were very calm

Corinne Brown, Peterborough

I was on the Piccadilly line train at Kings Cross - I squeezed onto the crowded rear carriage at the last minute. When the train slammed to a halt after about 100 metres we had no idea it was a bomb, we thought the train was on fire. Some people panicked a bit as the smoke was so thick and it was difficult to breathe but most of us were very calm. Some people close to the rear door got it open but we didn't know if the rails were still live and were reluctant to go down the track. Eventually 3 people carefully walked down the track to find help and very quickly underground staff arrived to evacuate us.

Outside King's Cross I was still convinced it was a fire and decided to get on the Northern Line if I could to continue my journey. I was walking towards Euston when a heard the bus blow up, but convinced myself it just couldn't be a bomb. Thanks to the staff at London Underground and the emergency services for acting so quickly, to all the people involved for being so calm and helpful and to staff at the Quaker meeting house where we waiting out most of the day, I was starting to feel the shock once I realised what had happened and how lucky I was, normally I get on the first carriage available, which would have been the first one.
Corinne Brown, Peterborough

I am a Londoner and a Muslim. The people that carried out these attacks are not Muslims in my eyes, to kill innocent people is against the foundations of Islam. Muslims across the world should condemn and denounce these barbarians from having anything to do with our faith. I am so proud of my City for the solidarity Londoners have shown. We have to remain strong and not let the terrorists win.
Saira, London

The explosions made me more proud to be British and to be part of a multicultural society. I believe the best thing we can do to support Londoners and to send a clear message to these criminals that we belong to one nation is to ask leading religious groups and non religious groups to organise a march in support of London and its inhabitants and all those that were affected by these violent acts. Let these people know that British Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, other faiths and Secular stand as one against this barbarity.
Nouri, Coventry

I was on the Kings cross tube that blew up. I was in the middle carriage. It was terrible. We were down there for 30 minutes but it felt like a life time. I thought I was going to die. We then had to walk down the tunnel. I will never forget the screams and the driver coming through on the intercom but didn't say anything. My heart goes out to everyone. I can't believe I am alive I am shocked and saddened by what has happened. I can't explain what went through my thoughts just that I thought I would never see my family or friends again. I am one of the lucky ones. I want to thank all the emergency services they were brilliant. I am proud to be British. It will be along time before I get on a tube again. I can not explain the feeling of being trapped for that long not knowing what had happened. I Pray that the cowards who did this are brought to justice they need to suffer just like I and everyone else who was on the tubes or that bus. Thanks for listening. It's good to talk as they say
Amy Washington, Finsbury Park

I just can't make sense of the things I saw

Ben Thwaites, UK

I was onboard one of the trains that was caught by the bomb at Edgware road last week, and I just can't make sense of the things I saw. Innocent people of all nations and creeds screaming, crying and dying. A huge explosion rocked our train and the one passing us, putting the lights out and filling the tunnel with an acrid, burning smoke. Panic set in with screams and shouts of 'fire' then came the shouts from the bombed carriage. Not strong shouts for help, but desperate pleas.

We realised that it was the train next to us that had been badly damaged, with the bombed carriage stopping directly opposite the carriage we were in, people cover in blood and with tattered, burnt clothing where trying to escape that train and enter our carriage, but we couldn't open the doors - they where calling for help and we couldn't get to them. Passengers with medical experience where found, I found a tool box and we smashed a window, allowing the medical guys to enter the other train, There was nothing left in that carriage, nothing. Blackened shredded walls, roof buckled, heavy tube doors twisted off. We collected warm coats, water, ties for tourniquets anything to help... but there are no medical supplies to be found on the train, not even a torch.

One elderly man sitting down, being spoken to, deathly pale, another on the floor bleeding so heavily. The smoke clearing, scream dying down as people forced there way into other carriages, or simply passed away. I was sent to hurry the medical help along, to explain that people where dead and dying, but I couldn't make the medical crews enter the tunnel until they had the ok...

I wish I could have done more. Everyone that helped was great - the train staff, the passengers, the medics, firemen and police - all where brave, calm and professional, but we were all reacting in shock, all going to slowly for the people in real trouble. 2 guys stand out in my mind - a smaller man, medically trained who was first into the other train, and a much larger man, American I think, who went over with him. Both of them brave and calm, putting others before themselves.
Ben Thwaites, Crowthorne, Berkshire - UK

I work in the BMA building. When I heard the blast and looked out of the window the sight was shocking. My colleagues and I were going to go down to help, but the fire alarms went off and we were evacuated. I left via the fire exit with the smell of burning flesh getting more and more intense as I got closer to the ground floor. As I got to the ground floor there were people laying in the reception area covered in blood. When I stepped outside the first thing I saw was a body laying on the ground to my left. It was unrecognisable - just a heap of bloody flesh. My thoughts are with everyone that has been affected by this tragedy.
Toni Poole, Dagenham, UK

I am a Muslim born and brought up in Manchester and i strongly condemn the horrific attacks of yesterday. In no way can the terrorists call themselves Muslims, they use the name of Islam as a cover up, but in no way do these attacks represent Islam. The word itself means 'Peace' and Muslims around the world greet each other with the words 'May peace be upon you'. The people behind these attacks should be caught and prosecuted severely as there is absolutely no justification for killing innocent civilians. No matter what the West has done in Iraq - TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT.
Tooba Farooq, Manchester, UK

What a difference a few seconds makes! I was walking down Upper Woburn place after making a few phone calls as the tubes were out, while making my calls a few buses pasted me as I was stationary outside St Pancras Church. I initially walked with the flow of traffic and people, luckily I decided to go the long way around Tavistock Square and crossed the street in front of the BMA building to get away from the heavy traffic. Barely 20 secs into my diversion the No.30 bus that I had past while crossing the street exploded. I am very lucky as the blast force did not come in my direction but towards the BMA building which was evident as the there was now blood streaked across the side of the building. The Police, Fire service where there within a minute. I saw two body's in the street and scattered debris everywhere. On Friday I forced myself to do everything I was going to do Thursday morning jumped of the tube and buses with out any change to my routine as thousands of others did with pride from my city. London what a city, we will never be terrorised by weak minded, brain washed fools.
Mark Wignall, Euston, London

I was in the carriage that blew up in the Edgware Road incident, I don't want to describe the memories I have of when I lifted my head up off the floor, but I would like to thank the lady who came from the first carriage who, what seemed to be like my guardian angel just appeared in the doorway of the adjoining carriage. She came straight to me and helped lift the doors that were on top of me then helped me up, took my hand and walked me through the first carriage where the manholes in the carriage were blown out, she and another man, a South African or Australian person, whom I thanked when i was about to get into the ambulance. They both walked me down the side of the track back towards Edgware road, we sat down on the side of the track and i asked her if she was just a passenger or someone else, she said she was a passenger.
Danny Belsten, Manchester

I boarded the Piccadilly Line train at Kings Cross. I was running a bit late and there was an announcement that trains were delayed due to a fire alert, which meant that the platform was more packed than usual. Usually I board the train in one of the front two carriages since it's close to exit at Piccadilly Circus, which is where I work. However, I decided to move to the centre of the platform where there was a bit more space to stand. I managed to board the train, on the fourth carriage, although it was a tight squeeze. We left Kings Cross and about a minute later there was a muffled bang and the train jolted. The carriage was engulfed in smoke and everyone was coughing. None of us on the carriage had any idea that there was an explosion and thought it was a derailment, and generally most people were outwardly calm, although I'm sure we were all terrified inside. It was hot, dark and the smoke filled atmosphere made breathing difficult. We could hear loud screams that came from further down the tunnel, although I don't think any of us had any idea of just how bad things were in the front carriages. I suppose that not knowing what was really going on was a blessing in disguise, otherwise I'm sure there would have been mass panic. About 30 minutes later station staff managed to get to us and guided us off the train. It was only when I got home that I realised that this was a terrorist attack, which sent a chill down my spine.
Jahor Gupta, London, UK

I was in Edgware Road train station, waiting for my friend. There was a big explosion. I was lucky to escape from that blast. I became faint and a police officer woke me up by putting water on my face. When I woke up I saw a very deadly scene which I will never forget in my life. The platform was full of blood, people were screaming and shouting to get off the platform.
Bindesh, London, England

All Kuwaiti people thoughts and prayers with all Londoners, it's a crime committed by cowards whom have no respect for precious human lives, they are nothing but a bunch of criminals who disgrace the name of Islam.
Abeer, Kuwait

I'm lucky; I was on the platform at Kings Cross waiting for the Piccadilly Line train and decided not to get on because it was too crowded. I went outside and spent 45 minutes looking for which bus to get to Holborn. Arrived at Tavistock Square 5 minutes after the blast there. My bus was evacuated and I started walking. I spent 15 minutes calming down a woman who had seen the blast. Lenin said that "the purpose of terrorism is to terrorise". To the terrorists, you failed. People died but London 1 Terrorists 0. Thanks to the police and emergency services for their incredibly professional work helping everybody to get home.
Mark Tiller, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, UK

The Harbour Bridge here in Sydney proudly, but sadly, carries two flags at half-mast this weekend - and one of them is the Union Jack. Need I say more?
Elisabeth, Sydney Australia

There are many inaccurate accounts of the Aldgate bomb. I was on a Circle Line train that I joined at Kings Cross and we were between Liverpool Street and Aldgate when the bomb went off. I was in the second last carriage the lights went out on the train but there was light in the tunnel, we did not know what had happened but there was some smoke, a man opened a connecting door and told us that there was a lot of smoke further up the train and could we move down to the rear, passengers came into our carriage from the ones with the smoke. There were some awful screams of help from the front of the train someone said there were dead people up there, then LT staff appeared on the track and told us to exit the rear of the train, as we were doing this we were told to stand aside and let injured people out. Once outside the train we walked up the track to Aldgate station past the carriage were the bomb was - there were obviously some dead and some very badly injured passengers, we could do nothing for them we were told to exit the station as soon as possible. The LT staff and emergency services were on the site within ten minutes and the evacuation was well organised especially as there were many dazed and confused passengers.
Richard Sage, Stamford, England

Our carriage held intact and that is what saved us all

Nancy Newton, Swanscombe
I was in the Edgware Road train, in the carriage that was alongside the carriage that had the bomb in it. We were in a tunnel passing this train when the explosion happened. Although I was only 6 to 8 feet away our carriage held intact and that is what saved us all. The windows did not break or even shatter. I think a great testament to the people who build these carriages/windows.
Nancy Newton, Swanscombe

I boarded the tube train leaving Edgware Road heading for Paddington at about 8.50am. Approximately a minute later there was a loud explosion, darkness, smoke, dust and glass everywhere. Everything went quiet for about 10-20 seconds. Then the screaming started. It was so dark you couldn't see 2 inches in front of you. The window behind me had exploded in, part of the ceiling was on the floor and there was a large hole in the floor. When the tunnel lights came on you could see people with blood on their faces, but everyone was calm and started helping the injured. We broke through into the next carriage where it was even worse. There was a lady on the floor and someone was giving her mouth to mouth, but she had stopped breathing, and another gentleman with a large gash across his leg was screaming for help. We helped where we could.

The passengers in the unaffected tube travelling in the opposite direction passed bottles of water across through the doors they had forced open. About 20 minutes later the message came through that those who could walk should move to the front of the train and disembark and walk down the track. As we could do no more for the injured, we disembarked and started to walk down the dark track, but after a short distance we were stopped and told that a person had been blown out of the train against the tunnel wall and could not be moved as he was critical. Approximately a further 15 minutes passed before the metro staff appeared with a small ladder and led us back onto the train, through the carriages and out of the end of the train towards the station. Once out of the tunnel we were given water and led to Marks and Spencer's where we were checked by medics and police took statements. My thanks to the metro staff, medics, police, Marks and Spencer's staff and all involved in the rescue. They were exceptional. The calmness, courage and fortitude of my fellow passengers restored my faith in my fellow man.
Chris Stones, Whitchurch, UK

Praise for the London Bus drivers and Tube drivers who went back to work on Thursday and Friday. Couldn't have been easy!
Sheena, London

My husband is a former Londoner who was at his job in New York City on 11 September 2001. While he was seeking a way out of the city that day, I rushed home to get word to his friends and family back in England that he was all right. Yesterday, it was the same all over again. The sick feelings and shock as a mundane morning suddenly becomes an emergency.

The rush back home to contact loved ones. Only this time, the calls and emails were going the other direction. He was calling to confirm the safety of the exact same people who had called to see if he was safe on 9/11.
Lisa B, Ringoes, NJ, USA

I was working in Exeter taking calls at BT directory enquires when I heard. I then remembered that my husband was there but thank God he came home to me. My thoughts are with all those involved. My heart goes out to you all.
Mrs Karla Rigler, Exeter, Devon

I have been in the City of London close by the sites of today's outrages. I would just like to praise the calmness and common sense of Londoners who have acted calmly and with unflappable good humour in the face of the callous cruelty of these attacks. If only the perpetrators of these attacks could have seen the deep resilience of the Londoners I've been with today they might find themselves doubting the effectiveness of their vicious small minded philosophy of life.
Martin Raynes, London, UK

Just feel total disbelief about these events. My husband is working in London today for the first time in ages. He was at one of the stations affected 30 minutes before this all happened. Full of relief that he is okay. Sending my condolences and sympathy to those affected by these monsters. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Well done to the emergency services for all their hard work.
Christine Murch, Gloucester, England

Shocked and very sad with these events. Congratulations to the emergency people in London to the BBC which is doing an extraordinary cover and also. We must stay together to fight this terrible enemy. All religions, parties must be together.
Lucia Silva-Clark, London

I have been watching elements of the coverage of the incident this morning and my husband has called to say that he is fine though his office is deserted. While I want to be kept aware of events, I am finding the blanket coverage disturbing and difficult. We have gone through other situations such as these (Brighton bombing, Staples Corner, IRA attacks in the city) yet I do not recall this constant barrage of emotion that the 'news' is giving us. Please can we keep news reporting just that - as news rather than the emotional twist that newscasters are already adding to the story.
Sheena, London, UK

To the people of London, our thoughts and prayers are with you. As a New Yorker I know first hand how you feel. Be strong and steadfast and hope for an end to all this senseless violence. United we stand.
Jack, New York, NY

The terrorists attacks today make me more determined than ever to carry on with my life as normal and that will include travelling into central London by tube tomorrow, if the system is running. If the terrorists think we are cowering at home, scared witless, their intelligence about the people of this country, and particularly this capital city, is very poor.
Andrea Wharton, London, UK

It would be very helpful for me to know if BBC can inform us the way to do blood donation in a most appropriate way, if it is necessarily. I think that is only thing I can do at the moment for people who injured.
Sakiko , London

At ten to nine, southbound on the Piccadilly line between King's Cross and Russell Square, my train was derailed. Obviously a derailment is rather scary but we hadn't heard anything about terrorism or anything like that at the time. There was a flash and a bang (not a big one, I doubt the train I was on was the one that took the direct hit of a bomb) and the train stopped surprisingly quickly.

Smoke was everywhere so we were a little concerned about fire but it soon became clear that there was none so we just stayed put and waited for someone to tell us what to do! No one in my carriage panicked which is quite surprising as the smoke was really thick and nasty, everyone was breathing through shirts and tissues. We were stuck on the train for about 25 minutes before an official came and told us what was going on, and we evacuated quite calmly. I don't know what happened up at the front of the train though.
Alexander Chadwick, Enfield, London, UK

I was on the Metropolitan Line from Ickenham to Farringdon. We were first told there was a huge power failure and that the whole tube was not operational. I took at bus to Willesden Junction hoping to get a train to Euston, only to find that there were no trains going to Euston. I decided to go home. I took second bus to Acton, a third to Uxbridge then a fourth to Ickenham. It's now 2pm and I've just got to Uxbridge.
Gurpal Bhachu, London, UK

How can people be so cruel? I am in school and there are so many people crying and ringing their families wondering if they are alive or not. We have been watching the news on school televisions and people have been going out of the room in shock. We saw pictures of the buses and thought to ourselves "I could have been sitting on that bus a couple of days ago". We are innocent people and can't be punished like this.
Livvy, Kent

As soon as I got to work I heard the terrible news. It makes me feel sick and angry. I was lucky that I managed to get to work little bit earlier. I feel with people who got affected by this terrible incident. I work in Kensington and live in Chigwell Essex. I use central line for most of my journey. How will I get home? Who knows.
Monika, Chigwell, Essex

Am incredibly proud of the emergency services and the way we are all pulling together. Makes me proud to be a Londoner. They will never drive us out - Christian, Jew or Moslem, whoever or whatever we are, we are all Londoners and we will stand together and show these people they cannot destroy us. Peace!
Matt, London

I'm working in an office in Barkley's square, when the news of the blasts came in tons of police cars, ambulances and fire engines screamed past within seconds, then the phones started ringing and e-mails started to send and receive in news on whether loved ones were OK. I myself couldn't get through to my mum's mobile. But my Dad told me she had phoned him and she was alright. I have never had such a massive scare in my life, it is a day no Londoner will forget: 07/07/2005.
S, Croydon

I work right next to Liverpool Street and use this station everyday. I found at the tubes were shut and got on the No. 6 bus from Queens park to continue my journey. Whilst on the bus around Maida Vale I heard the news of the explosion at Liverpool Street. I told other passengers and advised them to go home but no one seemed to understand the seriousness of the situation. I only heard about the bus explosion once off the bus and waited at a coffee shop until picked up by my husband. As I sat in the coffee shop I saw buses with passengers on them driving past. Surely all buses should have been evacuated and suspended especially as the area I was in was so close to Edgware Road tube, the scene of one of the tube stations. My thoughts are with all those hurt in the explosions.
Noreen Hussain, London, UK

I arrived in Central London late, and only saw the aftermath. What I did see however, was trained professionals from the Emergency Services and the Army doing sterling work under an horrific amount of pressure. Thank you all.
KO'G, London, UK

I was on the Met line tube this morning but got off at Moorgate to grab a coffee. Apparently, the first one went off on the Met line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate - can't help but think it was the tube I was on. My thoughts are with anyone caught up in this, and count my own blessings.
Luke, London, UK

I'm at school in Bromley, we first got news at about 11 o'clock, all lessons have carried on as usual, we have been allowed to watch TV, we allowed to call friends and family, we are all very anxious for more news.
Mike Edwards, Bromley

From the deepest reaches of my heart, I feel for you. I hope and pray that God sees your pain and helps with it. You have your 9-11 today. For that I truly am sorry. But it will get better and the sun will shine. Thank you for your support during our time of need and offer my family's support in your time of need. May God bless you and keep you safe.
Marc Barker, Walterboro, SC, USA

My thoughts go out to the people of London. As a Bus Driver in Sheffield this has really shocked me. There are some sick people in this world but thank god that there are many more decent people.
Neil Unwin, Sheffield

Yesterday, we were annoyed with Londoners and English people. London won the games and Paris lost them. And today we wake up. We realise that these little fights between old friends are for spoilt children. We are all facing a huge challenge. We have all to fight terrorism. We are all Londoners today. We all feel sad and share the pain of the one who are suffering today. Do not worry my friends, we will be with you in this fight and we will win it.
Julien, Paris, France

This incident has shocked me and all of my friends. When I first heard the news I could not believe what had happened. Our emergency services are doing a great job in tackling this tragedy. Our prayers go out to the wounded and to the families of those who have been affected.
Stuart, Farnborough, UK

Only yesterday I, along with many others joined in London's Joy at winning the 2012 Olympic Games. As I watched the wonderful scenes in Trafalgar Square and felt a sense of pride, not only as a Brit, but as a London Boy born bred. Part of me missed living in London for moments like that. Today I write shocked and stunned at the terrible atrocities that have taken place this Morning. Although Londoners at present are fearful and in shock, I know the strength and determination they have, living through the IRA campaign and I have great faith that this will not overshadow their lives. I live in Birmingham but my heart is with all of you in London.
Roger Brent, Birmingham UK

I was at Liverpool Street Station (just as the first bang when off at 8.50 am) with my friend Moira and we both heard a large 'bang' and then the lights went out, and then my friend told me to duck down. We didn't see any smoke but the whole thing is so scary.
Louise Pope, London, England

My friend has just sent me a text message. She has just been evacuated from her office in the Strand. She was told to get out of London.
Brian Mason, Surbiton, Surrey

Even though an Islamic website has claimed for this event, I hope the British people will not take revenge on Muslims living in the UK, as many are as shocked and sad because of this. I urge them not to fall for the lowest emotions of hate and thirst of violence.
Chris Irons, Brussels, Belgium

Our thoughts are with you. People from Madrid know very well what you are suffering.
Antonio Garcia Martin, Madrid (Spain)

I am not in London, but I feel close by (80miles), and feel totally devastated by what has happened. I am disgusted by those responsible, and pray that no more lives are lost. The emergency services, as always, have done a stirling job - but this shouldn't be part of their job. Unnecessary and planned terror attacks are destroying the world we live in. I would like to ask the perpetrators - why? My thoughts and hopes and prayers are with everyone sadly involved in this tragic event.
Maxine, March, UK

I heard about the explosion on the Swedish television and I just want to express my sympathies to all victims and injured, and I believe I can speak for a lot of Swedish people, that we stand united towards these cowardly terrorists that hit innocent people, regardless religion, colour or age.
Marie Wickman, Sweden

I am on Edgware Road, it has calmed down now but was chaotic in the morning. Luckily I decided to come through Marble Arch station today instead of Edgware Road. The jubilee line stopped at Baker St so I had to walk since all buses were packed. The Jubilee line and staff at the station handled the evacuation very well and managed to clear all passengers out of the underground very quickly. Well Done! Members of staff helped people to find alternative routes as well.
Vishal, Edgware Road

May I just say well done to the emergency services for there quick and effective response to this mornings Tragedy and for there unity in preventing further injury.
James, Peterborough

We are standing with you London. As you did for us. Stay united.
Mike, New York, USA

From elation to total despair in less than 24 hours. the country was united in joy at the news of the Olympics yesterday. Today we are united in grief.
Pam Croft, Chorley, Lancashire

I was on the Northern line when the first lot of bombs occurred and we had to be evacuated off the tube even though our train had started to leave the station. I was trapped at Waterloo after having been to London Bridge twice this morning and then we were told that the tube was shutting down... there was an emergency... Everyone rushed out and there was like a huge stampede of people and I got crushed against a building. The buses were full and there were long queues when people started shouting that there was a bomb explosion on a bus... everyone started to run and leave the queues. I managed to walk all the way from Waterloo to Piccadilly to meet friends... I am really shocked about the whole thing...
Cate, Surrey

I arrived at Kings Cross at 09:35 on an over ground train from Cambridge. All passengers were immediately evacuated from the station into the streets. I crossed the Euston Road, heading south along Argyle Street towards Grays Inn Road. At 09:47 I heard a loud bang, presumably the Tavistock Square bus explosion a few streets away.
Richard Hare, Cambridge

I am working in Liverpool street and was trapped at Waterloo on the subway and then stuck in traffic on the buses when everything began...it has been horrendous, 5 hours on continuous emergency sirens all around us, plain unknowing chaos, all stations are shut all phone networks are jammed. The police are managing the situation very well but what can they do, slowly news is getting through and understanding is replacing unknowing confusion. I feel sick by the events this morning, sick, shaken and rattled, yet extremely lucky. Terrorist will never win when they target the innocents
Colin, London

I live in Poplar, E14 and work in Baker Street, just off of Oxford Street in the West End. I normally cycle to work but this morning I had planned to take the DLR and London Underground because of the JP Morgan Chase Challenge run in Battersea Park. I even loaded up my Oyster card last night! At the last minute I changed my mind and came in to work on the moped. At 1.15pm today Oxford Street is devoid of buses and nearly all taxis. The only people you can see is the odd cyclist, bemused tourists and workers attempting to get home. The roads leading to the US Embassy are cordoned off by police. Road blocks are probably all the way along my normal route. Good luck getting home to all of us.
Gareth C Thomas, London, UK

I arrived at Kings Cross at 09:35 on an overground train from Cambridge. All passengers were immediately evacuated from the station into the streets. I crossed the Euston Road, heading south along Argyle Street towards Grays Inn Road. At 09:47 I heard a loud bang, presumably the Tavistock Square bus explosion a few streets away.
Richard Hare, Cambridge

I would just like to say a spectacular "Well Done" to our Emergency Services, also please pass on my sympathy to all those involved, and my utter disgust to those responsible
Lisa Lynch, Clacton - Essex

I was trying to catch the Victoria line to go to university when I saw an unusually jammed crowd. I eventually managed to work my way through after a long and suffocating wait and got off at Green Park where I walked to the Piccadilly line. We were told there that the Westbound platform line was disrupted, shortly followed by the Eastbound platform one. After finally getting back on the Victoria line and getting off at Oxford Circus to catch the Central line, we were told there was a major power strike. I knew then something wasn't right. Soon after the state of emergency was declared and as we gaspingly got out of the station people were running in all directions and desperately trying to catch buses or call their office, family and friends. It was total chaos.
Marie, London, UK

My husband called me shortly after 9:30 from BMA House where he works. He'd heard a big explosion and seen debris flying through the air, past his office window. BMA House was evacuated and the last I heard they were all still behind police cordons. When I tried calling him back I got a message saying the telephone networks were all busy.
Kate, London

I live in Aldgate and was so fortunate. I take the tube to work and caught the tube to Liverpool St at which point I got evacuated. Another minute at Aldgate and who knows what would have happened... the whole area is blocked off and we are hoping that there won't be a need to evacuate our house.
Abdul, London

I work in the City and get the Hammersmith and City line to Moorgate every morning. At about 8.45 we were held just outside Farrington and told that we had to disembark and continue our journeys on foot. I assumed that we were just facing another one of the innumerable delays that occur on the underground, but as I walked through the City I heard an awful lot of sirens and helicopters overhead. It was only when I was passing a coffee shop that had News 24 on that I finally found out what was happening. I'm in the City now and the atmosphere is really quite eerie.
Iain Wilson, Milton Keynes, UK

I am working on Fenchurch St. And about half an hour ago they cornered off the big Marks and Spencer's on the Gracechurch St corner. Apparently, an incident had occurred. Ambulances were then seen leaving the scene.
Anon, London

I work in a factory by the Millennium Dome in Greenwich and all we keep seeing are ambulances and fire engines flying past us towards the city centre. North Greenwich underground is eerily quiet as the only traffic coming and going from there are empty buses normally packed out with commuters. My parents came down from Lincolnshire for a hospital appointment for my mother and they got turned away by security as soon as they got to the car park. Apparently the hospital is being closed to minor patients to make way for ETA's. The last I heard they were still trying to get out of London.
Anonymous

I work on the corner of Bishopsgate and heard the sirens start at about 8:50, there was an incredibly swift response from the emergency services and I have a birds eye view from my office. My main concern was that unfortunately, the only thing that slowed down response times was by people who were rubber-necking in vehicles in front of Liverpool Street.
Anonymous

I work on Old Broad Street, just off Liverpool St. We have been instructed not to leave the building and police have cleared the immediate surrounding streets.
Savio Correia-Afonso, London, UK

We were held at Kings Cross Station for about 20 minutes, stuck inside the tube. The station had already been evacuated but they wouldn't let us off. When we were finally evacuated, Kings Cross area was bedlam. I tried to get on a bus, no chance! Decided to walk to work instead and when I got to around the Euston Square area there was a massive explosion in the road next to me. People were running away screaming and in shock-it was terrifying. I later found out that this was the bus explosion. We're now being held in our offices and provisions are being made for us to stay here overnight
Sasha Hudson, London

I work on the corner of Bishopsgate and heard the sirens start at about 8:50, there was an incredibly swift response from the emergency services and I have a birds eye view from my office. My main concern was that unfortunately, the only thing that slowed down response times was by people who were rubber-necking in vehicles in front of Liverpool Street.
Anonymous

I was on the Hammersmith line tube when it pulled into Edgware Rd. As the doors opened, there was a loud, muffled bang. I thought it was an electricity power box jumping. It seemed to come from the tunnel at the rear. No idea if it was my train as I was near the front. People were mostly calm. I got off and stayed about 30 secs on the platform. Then the station authorities announced that the station was being evacuated. People remained calm and orderly. No-one had any idea of the nature of the blast. Coming down via Aldwych...plenty of police and ambulance, but no-one was ordering people off the buses, which were all packed.
Raymund Macvicar, London

I changed trains at Edgware Road this morning because the Bakerloo was running slow. Got just through Kings X on the Hammersmith and City when the driver told us we couldn't go forward due to power problems. After 45 mins, we were evacuated through a side entrance at Kings X. It was only then we realised that something major was going on. I can't believe I've had such a near miss.
Liz Driver, Reading, Berks

I was on the Piccadilly Line-the first after there was a fire alarm at Caledonian Road. Just after Kings X there was a "bang" coming from the front carriage-the light went out and emergency lighting came on-smoke came apparently from outside-There were no announcement-some people started panicking after a while and tried to smash the doors-but only to injure themselves- after about 30min 2 policemen opened the back door and let people out. I wonder why it took so long-the smoke settled down after a while and I assume it was only dust spelled around by the sudden tube break-we were only maybe 100m away from the platform. But when you're inside you don't realise that. I guess no one was seriously injured on that train-but I haven't seen what happened to the people at the front carriage- They should have passed information that there is no fire etc. the atmosphere in a packed tube carriage is already frightening enough.
Harald Schoenbrodt, London

I reached Euston station by Silverlink county at close to 9am, walked to Euston square tube to find police blocking it. So went back to Euston central again to access Euston underground, cops evacuating there too, saying Liverpool St possible explosion. So took no 59 bus to reach Holborn. As the bus passed a bit after Tavistock square park, we heard an explosion - something like a big bang , sort of muffled inside a metal container. We looked back from the upper deck - saw a huge metal scrap thing on the road, with a few fumes coming out, someone was on the road trying to pull something out of it. All of us panicked and hurried to get out of bus, people losing it completely. I am lucky to be writing this. This was the first time I smelt death so near.
Krishnakumar Nair, Wembley Middlesex

Went to catch the tube at Aldgate East just before 9am, but was told to go to Aldgate or Whitechapel. At 9am I arrived at Aldgate tube and witnessed scores of commuters being herded into a room at the entrance of the tube station. They were all black, covered in soot and most had blood streaming from their faces. Over the next 5 minutes, fire engines, police cars and police buses quickly converged on Aldgate tube. Not knowing exactly what was happening, but fearing the worst, I hurried off on foot to my office in the City.
James Chin, London

I had just got on tube at Liverpool street and just before the doors shut, an explosion went off in the next carriage. Lights went out and people calmly left the tube. There was smoke coming from the carriage. On my alternative route to work, I walked up Southampton Row when I heard another explosion and people running in a panic from Russell Square.
Michael Dunn, London

I couldn't get on Northern Line at Tooting Bec at 7.50am this morning so got train from Balham to Victoria. At Oxford Circus we were told the Bakerloo line was suspended so I went to Notting Hill to catch the district and Circle line to Paddington. This train was then held at Bayswater were we were told there was "no traction" at Edgware Road and advised to get the bus which I did. No further information was given at Bayswater by LU staff and passengers were still trying to enter the station as I left.
Kerri O'Reilly, London

I was waiting for West bound district line train at Tower Hill, I heard a big explosion noise from the tunnel. Everyone at the station panicked and looked at the station attendant on the other platform. After a minute the station closure announcement came and everyone left the station.
Sri, Basildon

I was on the Victoria Line at Green Park when they threw everyone off and evacuated the station. They said the whole network was suspended. Buses are not entering zone 1, but are stopping at the boundary.
Joe Cannon, London

I was just leaving Aldgate station, about to go through the ticket gate when I heard a loud explosion. It seemed to come from the eastbound Circle line tunnel from Liverpool Street. Everyone in the station started looking in that direction and there seemed to be some smoke. The tube staff appeared in shock at first but then swiftly evacuated the station. If I had been on the train after, I would now be covered in soot.
Paul Bourke, Amersham, UK

I had to hand in a pair of shoes to a repair shop in Aldgate High Street while walking to the office this morning. Fire engines were arriving at Aldgate tube station as I approached it and the guys in the shop said they had felt their building shake and their windows rattled. It seemed people were lying on the pavement outside of the station although it was difficult to see clearly. Others arriving in the office reported that staff in the bus station opposite the tube station had seen smoke coming from the tube station. Our office is in Braham Street and everything is normal but I understand premises closer the tube station have now been evacuated.
Norman Allan, London

I had just got on to the westbound Circle Line train, second rear carriage, at Liverpool St. Station. The explosion seemed to come out of the tunnel leading from Aldgate. There was dust and smoke in the air. I thought a bomb had gone off in the rear carriage but couldn't see any damage to it. Then people started to evacuate quickly after a few moments. I didn't see any injured people though. There was no real panic - just a overwhelming sense to get out of the station quickly.
Michael Wren, North Fambridge, Essex

I had just got on tube at Liverpool Street and just before the doors shut, an explosion went off in the next carriage. Lights went out and people calmly left the tube. There was smoke coming from the carriage. On my alternative route to work, I walked up Southampton Row when I heard another explosion and people running in a panic from Russell Square.
Michael Dunn, London

I am sitting in my office in Tottenham Court Road and can hear police sirens and helicopters flying over. Apparently there are problems at Kings Cross as well. I hope that we hear more news soon.
Gillian, London

The road outside (London Gateway, just South of Liverpool Street) is a car park. At least 5 fire engines and over a dozen emergency services vehicles have gone past, along with a convoy of 5 Police Vans ... Looks pretty intense.
Martin Hatch, London, UK

I got a Thames link train from Luton and it arrived at Kings Cross at 8:40am. The train was delayed and running slow so fortunately I didn't put my headphones in my ears so I could hear announcements. When I got to the south bound platform of the northern Line it was rammed with people trying to squeeze onto the tube. Then an automated voice came over the loudspeaker system asking for passengers to evacuate the station. I'm now amazed at how dismissive everyone was, myself included. No-one paid any attention to the announcement and we all continued to stand on the platform waiting for the next tube! It wasn't until a London Underground worker came bellowing down the platform - about 3 minutes later - that people started to move, and then they were moving really slowly, huffing and puffing in annoyance. It just proves how we're all so used to being messed around by the London transport system. We turn into zombies on the way to work and our lives are put into danger everyday by overcrowding and hot & uncomfortable conditions. Getting to work is officially a mission of survival!
Tycie West, Luton

I work for BPP near Kings Cross. We are a college and have been inundated with family members calling asking that there family made it to college on time. It is madness here.
Terry Wallace, Croydon, England

I'm in the office on Leadenhall Street and just stepped out to visit a client. Police road blocks prevented me from doing so and it appears that buildings on Leadenhall Street are being evacuated as far down as Creechurch Lane. There is a large crowd gathering on Leadenhall Street and mounted Police are lined up across the street. Sirens can be heard constantly through the windows.
Nick Ellis, London England

It's pretty chaotic here - police and air ambulances, the army apparently on it's way - we heard a big bang from my office - it looks fairly serious.
Cassie Brown, Russell Square, London

I was on the train that the "Bang" happened on. I must have been 2 -3 carriages down from where it originated. I would like to praise the people in my carriage and on the train as a whole for remaining calm despite the sense of fear everyone must have felt when this happened. After waiting for maybe 15 minutes or more we were rescued by emergency services and had to walk the remainder of the way down the track to Aldgate station. There was twisted metal from the train laying on the track which we had to pass as well as injured people who needed urgent medical attention. The emergency services were doing an excellent job taking care of people and their response in general was superb. Bravo to them.
Conrad Murkitt, Thrapston, Northants

I was at the station when the explosion happened. I had just arrived on the east bound circle/district line station at Liverpool Street. As usual I walked down to the far left hand side of the platform. I had only been there for a minute or two when a train pulled up on the other side platform(westbound). The doors opened and as everyone was starting to get off, I saw a few lights starting to flicker overhead and then there was an explosion on the opposite side to me, just behind the train that had just pulled in. As you can imagine there were quite a few people panicking and quite a number of people started screaming and running towards the exit. I had a quick glance behind me as I was leaving to see some smoke coming from the area where the explosion had happened. The station was evacuated fairly quickly.
Lee Rogers, UK

Luckily I got the train this morning at 07:00. A train journey which normally takes 35mins took 1 hour and 30 mins. First there was a security alert at Bank station, then all tubes were being stopped at Stockwell station due to a some kind of disruption at Balham tube station (apparently a fire on a train?) I went from North London to South on the tube directly through the affected area and got off 15 minutes before the explosion.
Jessica Maldini, London

I was on a westbound Central Line tube that was stuck underground in the Liverpool St area for quite some time. It did not stop at 2 stations (Liverpool St & Bank) and we finally managed to get to St Paul's and were told to evacuate. To me it seems too much of a coincidence that this type of incident has happened the day after London has won the Olympics.
Aaron Davis, London

I've just seen people coming out of Aldgate station covered in soot and blood; some of them clearly in shock. People are just walking off into the streets with soot and blood and their clothing and faces. Emergency services are in attendance. One man told me there had been an explosion on the Circle line and he described it as "horrible down there."
David Marsland, London

Euston underground has had a similar experience. I was about to buy my ticket when we were told to evacuate due to overcrowding of the station. Of course, one knew that this was not quite the case when streams of police ran down the pavement, piling out of vans that were stuck in traffic and heading towards the station building. I walked to my office just off Oxford Street and was told that further explosions had occurred, one on a bus - I hope to God that that report was unfounded. All I'm hearing now is the sound of emergency vehicles. It certainly doesn't sound like power surges to me.
Dave Tanner, Birmingham

I was getting off the west bound central line at Liverpool street station at about 8.50. Halfway up the escalator, I felt the stairs shake a little and then there was a cloud of smoke that shot up from underneath the stairs. The alarm went off and people went crazy and just run out of the station.
Jota Branco, London

I was on the tube from Highbury and Islington on the Victoria line at about 9.05am. When I boarded the train the driver announced that Kings Cross St Pancras had been re-opened. En route, the driver made a second announcement that he had received the wrong message and that the train would not stop at KC St Pancras after all. When we got to Oxford Circus, an announcement was made that all tube lines had been suspended due to a power surge and we were "advised" to continue our journeys on land routes because it was unclear how long the delay would last. Not many people left the tube, but further messages "strongly advised" us to leave, and most did. As I walked from the station I overheard a walkie-talkie message that said something about "evacuating" the station. Outside of the station, most people we were on mobile phones to tell their workplaces they would be late, others were checking maps for bus routes. There definitely didn't seem to be any panic, but as I walked down Oxford Street (about 9.40am) there were so many sirens that people began asking others what had happened. There was definitely a sense of uneasiness that set in.
Michael Stevens, London

I got in at Liverpool Street at 8.55, just in time to be evacuated. One lady said that "there was a thump and everyone started running". Transport Police directed me to Moorgate, saying that I could get a train there - erroneously as it turned out, but I could get a bus. Staff at Moorgate said there was "a massive power failure", before locking up and going below to get people off of the trains in the tunnels. People are taking this in their stride, but when I left Moorgate, the pavements were all but gridlocked, and the buses were full to bursting point - I started my journey sitting on the stairs.
Phil Culmer, Southend on Sea

I work on Old Broad Street, just off Liverpool St. We have been instructed not to leave the building and police have cleared the immediate surrounding streets. At least no reports of any demise yet.
Savio Correia-Afonso, London UK

I boarded a southward bound Northern Line train at Euston. By the time we reached Kings Cross there were announcements asking people to evacuate the station. People on the train were advised that the train would not be stopping. This was as a result of a power surge. The guard was apologetic for the inconvenience and that further information could not be given other than to say that they would stop at the first available station. This turned out to be London Bridge. Passengers were calm and generally well humoured.
Liz Cleary-Rodriguez, London, England

I arrived at Bank station at about 08.50. At 08.54 an announcement was given over the PA system saying that the whole station was shutting down, and passengers were being urgently requested to leave the station. Judging by the queues that formed to get out, people were taking heed, although everyone behaved very calmly. However, a few people seemed to still be moving towards platforms. I had the impression they were tourists on the whole, who either didn't understand the message, or didn't have the awareness of potential risk that most of us in London now share.
Damian Griffiths, Lewisham

Our train from waterloo via Kew Bridge was delayed, we where told it was due to a suspicious package at waterloo.
Anonymous, Wimbledon

I was on the Piccadilly line when the tube just pulled out of Kings Cross around 8.45. A huge bang and the train jolted the lights went off and the carriages filled with smoke/dust. We were stuck there for 40 minutes some people we're getting desperate and kicked through a window eventually we were led down the carriages and through the tunnels on the way out. It seemed very peculiar when we were evacuated out of the station. There also seemed a lot of police around. A few people were injured and everyone covered in dust.... As I walked to work there was a huge explosion in the Russell Square Euston region...
Stuart Turner, London

I was on the Met line when it pulled into Moorgate station, all the platform and train lights were out except for the few emergency backup lights. We were told to leave the station without any explanation. Buses are packed and hundreds of people are now walking to work like walking trains.
Stephen Swan, Rayleigh, UK

Work for a passenger car company... getting phone calls from drivers all over the capital to inform us that there is zero movement!
Sean Robinson, London

I was on the train at Liverpool Street station when there was a huge bang. The train shook slightly and the lights went out. Everyone was told to hurry out of the station, but no-one was told what was happening. I walked to another station to find that too had been closed. It was actually very frightening.
Anonymous

It's chaos here, no-one seems to no exactly what has happened at the moment - most people seem to be turning around and heading out of town.
Rob

I was on the tube going to Aldgate East, and we were asked to vacate at Moorgate. I couldn't see any smoke or hurt people at all, and everyone was leaving the station in a very orderly and calm manner. It wasn't until we got out of the station and up to Liverpool St station that we saw all the police, which made it hit home that something was very wrong, as I have never seen that many police and that number of stations blocked off in the 8 years I have been in London.
Marc Kershaw, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

There are many fire engines and ambulances rushing past the window of my building. There are a lot of people phoning loved ones to make sure they are ok. Feels a bit like September 11th all over again here.
Amy Hinkley, London

I work at Aldgate, about 150 yards from the station, the emergency services were just brilliant, we are so lucky that we have such professional people doing the hardest of jobs, I can't begin to imagine how the families and friends of those poor people who lost their lives must feel, I would also like to say thank you to the people on this page from all over the world who have voiced their support and love for us in this terrible hour, yesterday I felt proud to be a Londoner and British, today I feel 100 times prouder because I know we will fight back and show the terrorists of the world that they can never beat because you can never surrender to cowards, all they do is make us forget petty differences and unite us, just look at the comments on this page from all over the world.
John, England

I work in the heart of Central London. We first knew something had happened when some staff didn't turn up for work at the usual time. Nothing can compensate those who were wounded or lost loved ones. But I am proud that as the picture of the day's events started to develop, we carried on business pretty much as usual. Painfully aware of the suffering so nearby, people were generally determined not to let the attackers beat us. According to extremist websites, London is "burning with fear". It is not. It is sad and angry. But more importantly, it is carrying on almost as normal.
Greg Jackson, London, UK

I just want to send out my love to all of London. Today I feel more impotent than I ever have. From a UK citizen living in the US right now, please know that as far away as the US is, it is feeling as much sorrow as the UK. Stay brave.
Alexandra, Colorado, USA

I'm quite amazed by the resilience of Londoners. We were let out of the office early and I had made up my mind to get home walking if I had to, I was not going to take the bus after seeing photos of the blown up double decker. I was surprised seeing so many fearless Londoners jumping on buses as if nothing happened! Amazing spirit.
Amer, London

I am a Muslim born and raised in England and watched with horror the scenes from London. My prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have passed away or are injured. We all need to unite, regardless of colour, race, religious beliefs etc. in order to show these cowards that we will not be beaten.
Ifzal Khan, Brierfield, Lancashire

I was horrified when I saw the news this morning. My daughter was at her first job behind Russell Square and I felt so concerned about her. She later said she was 5 minutes from getting on the bus that was destroyed. Thank God she is safe. My heart goes out tonight to those who have lost loved ones.
Ritson Shields, London

I was shocked and horrified to find that this act of terrorism has claimed lives of so many people. I lived closed to Tavistock Square whilst studying at the University of London. I cannot believe what I am seeing on the television. This is more than an act of terrorism; this is evil in its essence. May God bless everyone who has suffered. We must not give in. We must remain strong in this very sad moment in the history of Europe and the world.
Margaret, Poland

It was a strange day. Everything unfolded just after I got off the tube so luckily I was unaffected until home time when I walked an hour and a half back to the Isle of Dogs. What is amazing is that people were happy to do this - London has not been brought to its knees as was the intention. My thoughts are with the injured and the dead and their families tonight.
Kevin Jepson, London

I have only recently moved back to Australia. If I had been working still in London, at that time of the morning I should have been on the Circle Line getting to the Barbican. It took over two hours to make sure all of my family and friends were OK. My heart goes out to all Londoners and the people who work in the city who have been affected. But knowing Londoners and the like, we pick ourselves up and get back to work.
Tina, Canberra, Australia

I have lived and worked as a surgeon in the UK for three years. News of the blasts was like a physical blow for me. My prayers go out to the dead, the injured and their families. As a Muslim and a Pakistani, I strongly condemn this dastardly act irrespective of who was responsible. Nothing can ever justify murder. Not in London or Barcelona nor in Baghdad and Gaza. Let us distance ourselves from purveyors of hate and cut them out like the cancer they are.
Sohail Muzammil, Lahore, Pakistan

The people in Houston, TX, are praying for you. Thank you for setting such an amazing example of how people should react in a situation like this. I admire you all.
Kristie, Houston, Texas, USA

God bless each and everyone in London and know our prayers are with you. You're a great nation but please know that there are many Americans ready to stand up and help you, just as you did for us on our 9-11. Again, God bless, and don't forget you have friends across the pond.
John Hickson, Orlando Fl. USA

I was shocked and saddened this morning as I read the news of the bombings in London. Having lived in England for over five years, I love and treasure the city of London like my own. My thoughts and sympathies go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this horrific act of terrorism. I admire the courage and spirit of Londoners and the British people, and their ability to face such tragedy with determination, the British way.
Emily, San Francisco, USA

I was on the train immediately before the one at Aldgate. We were lucky in that we were at Liverpool St station when the blast happened and managed to walk out ok. I am proud of the calm way everyone coped - there was no panic. It showed what cowards these animals are - they won't win because you can't break our spirit
Stuart, Grays

I really don't know how to express myself. I feel that I am angry about what happened today in London. This is an absolutely outrageous inhuman uncivilised acts. I have spent four years in London. I love this city and the people of it. We people of Algeria we are with you with our thoughts and hearts. Peace peace peace, inshallah.
Mami, Algeria

I tuned into Capital FM on the internet expecting to hear people in shock and fear. What I found was the people of London bearing this with great courage and strength. I shouldn't be surprised at this from people who weathered the bombings of World War II. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim Shelley, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the people of London from Istanbul, a city that shared the same tragic destiny two years ago. I'm now praying for those injured and for those lost their lives in this tragic event. My heart goes to the innocent people of London.
Aytac Eken, Istanbul Turkey

My thought and wishes are with all the people injured and the families of those killed. My husband and I have just returned home from London. Our stay there included lots of trips on the underground and the double-decker buses. We are so shocked and angry about what has happened. Hopefully, the maniacs who did this terrible thing will be caught and punished.
Jane Fisher, Mill Park, Victoria, Australia

I was in London today and feel very proud at how people handled a very worrying and difficult situation. There was no panic at all. The terrorists will never win and that's a fact.
John, UK

I can't put into words how utterly devastated I feel for the people who lost their lives today. My thoughts are with their families, whose lives will now be changed forever. I walked home, from work to South East London, tonight and didn't feel inconvenienced at all, I just felt lucky to be alive.
Lisa, London

So often you here people bemoan the fact that the British have lost their national identity, and our culture is slowly becoming eroded. But the events of the day have shown and perhaps defined what our national identity really is. We are a nation of people who, in times of adversity, put aside our differences and pull together. Who can collectively take a blow and still come back fighting. This is a sad time for all, but we Brits will soon get over this and carry on living our lives. We won't forget today, but when we come back we'll be stronger... and that's why there's a Great in front of Britain.
James, London

I am sending my deepest condolences for all the Londoners. My heart and thoughts are with you. I lived and was educated in London, and I feel so close to you. May you continue true to your British way of life which is remarkably rational, and admirably intelligent. I am so glad that Mr Blair has not used the expression of 'hunting down' the terrorists. I am absolutely sure that you shall prevail and they shall not.
Keiko Yamauchi, Kobe, Japan

I am so shocked and saddened by this. I have lived in London and to imagine that all these innocent people taking public transit on their normal everyday lives and suddenly this happens. My thoughts are with London today, for everyone, because even if you don't personally know someone that was physically hurt, an attack such as this hurts lots of people.
Carmine Bernhardt, Vancouver, Canada

Just to say that my heart and thoughts are with London and with all the Londoners. I lived in Ipswich for almost two years and I feel so close to England. I have been living in Madrid all my life and unfortunately I know what bombs and blasts are like. We lived through the same thing a year and a half ago. I am suffering for all of you. Never surrender.
Myriam Bernal, Madrid, Spain

My prayers and thoughts are with you tonight. I want to commend both the people of London and the city leadership for their courageous and organized response to this horrific event. I believe US cities, including my own, could learn a great deal from how London coped today. As time passes and things return to normal, never forget that you kept your heads about you, and that in so doing you probably saved lives. I know you all sent a shining example to the rest of the world.
Joyce McGinnis, Washington, DC, USA

Most people here in Egypt have been affected badly by what happened today in London... we feel sorry for people there. I have friends who live there and once I heard about the blasts, I called them immediately and they said they were fine thank God! Britain is a great country, where Christians and Muslims live in peace with each other... I hope something like this doesn't affect that peace in Britain.
Noura, Cairo, Egypt

I am 13 and today when I was in school I got the news that bombs had gone off in central London. I go to school in south east London, only about 20 minutes from the city. My mum works in the city and I started to get really worried. The phones were down so I couldn't get hold of her.

Finally I did and I thank God that she was ok. Also my friends' family were ok so I am really pleased. I give sympathy to the people who had not been so lucky. I also want to say well done for the walking wounded for not panicking and making the situation worse. RIP to all the lives that were lost today in London. I pray for you all.
Evie, London

I would like to simply express my pride in Londoners today. Their calm approach, their camaraderie, and yes, sardonic humour throughout the day represents all that they stand for. I at no time felt threatened surrounded by my fellow Londoners because of their immense qualities. Armed with this, I felt happy taking a bus home today, and confident that in the coming days we will all stand up to these atrocities by showing those who wish to harm us that we will mourn our dead by honouring them by continuing.
Daniel, London

As a Londoner - from East London and having terrorists attack my home ground should have worried me... it didn't because the support of people worldwide, utter professionalism of the Police and London Transport have assured me that we can be as safe as we practicably can be in this day and age. And like so many of my brothers, sisters and neighbours in this city - we will continue to work, live and fight for a better future for all - whether they be in Africa or Aldgate. We have not woken up too late to this - just been stirred a little!
Dan Roberts, Bethnal Green

I've been working for Rail Enquiries today and I just want to say thanks to everyone who called and was patient with us and understood that we had limited information on what was happening in London. All of us in the office send our thoughts and prayers to those involved.
Helen, Plymouth, UK

I work in 1 Canada Square and the place seemed like some sort of fortress with security all over the place and doors locked. Getting the boat to Battersea, at first there was an organised line, but just ended in a cram to the boat gate like CW was sinking! I would like to thank the riverboat employees for their professionalism and high spirit in light of such an horrific action.
Daniel W, Canary Wharf/Battersea

I was getting ready to go an interview when I heard the explosion. At first I wasn't too sure what happened. Then I got a call from a friend yelling down the phone for me not to leave the area, there was a problem in my area. The bus blast was outside my window. Within seconds a mass of people came streaming in from the Russell Square tube station. Police had the area sectioned off, and ushering people in doors and telling us to close the doors and windows. It's weird looking outside my window onto a street that is usually busy with people no matter the time of day... now you could almost hear a pin drop.
Lola, London

My husband was working on the Underground when this all started up, he helped evacuate and answer questions, guiding people to safety. I think that the press should show some gratitude and acknowledgement towards the brave people from the public transport who helped rescue people, putting there own lives at risk to help others.
Grace Milsom, Colindale, London

I was at Paddington between 10.30 and 1.00. There were two sorts of travellers, those wanting to carry on with their business, and those taking any train to get them out of London. Most passengers on the train I arrived on stayed put, creating chaos when those wanting to take their reserved seats arrived! At about 11.15 alarms went off and the station was evacuated.

People initially moved slowly, and then ran in panic when staff screamed at them to get out. Outside people stayed close to see what was happening, but soon moved on as police arrived to usher them to safety. Several contingency ambulances arrived and, eventually, the sniffer dog to rescue us all from a false alarm. Trains to get people away from the area arrived remarkably quickly after the station reopened. I was impressed by the emergency services, apart from the obvious lack of sniffer dogs, they were calm and in control throughout. Some station staff do need extra training, however. They could have caused a serious panic.
Tom, UK

I am a nurse working in London, as the major incident was called. The professionalism of all the emergency services has to be commended! The NHS has been knocked a lot recently, but today proved how valuable our hospitals and their staff are. How they rise to the challenge of such a terrible act of cowardice needs to be applauded. London has known terrorism of some sort or another for many, many years, we have lost countless numbers of lives, and have had many wrecked. London and the British people have gone on despite all this, and will continue to go on. The British spirit will not fail or falter. My thoughts are with the many families that this tragic act has touched today.
Alex, London

I am a doctor and was one of the very first people on to the scene of the Woburn Street bus explosion. The carnage was devastating and the image will stay with me forever. Once I overcame my initial shock, I started trying to help the survivors along with the few other members of public there. Once the paramedics arrived, we had medical supplies available to patch people up as best as we could before they were rushed to hospital. This has been the most horrific experience of my life and hope I never ever see anything like this again. I do not understand how the murderers responsible for these atrocities can justify them in the name of their God. We must get London going again so that their attempts to terrorize us are in vain.
Julia Phillips, London

I took a silver link train from Kentish Town West right past King's Cross at about 0920. I could see a huge crowd and blue lights, but thought nothing of it assuming it was a traffic accident on the roads. It wasn't until I arrived at college in Islington and it became clear that our class was largely empty that the scale of the event became clear. The mobile network cells near us seemed to be still running, although with a very low call/text success rate. When the service got back on track my SIM card was filled within a matter of seconds with sms messages asking if I was alright. At the end of the lecture I walked home in the pouring rain.
Ben, London

Everybody was screaming, jumping out of the windows, it was horrible, the worst thing that I have ever seen in my entire life.
Joscelynne, London, UK

The atmosphere along Euston Road this morning was very different to most. The pavements were packed with confused tube travellers and the roads gridlocked. I was surprised to see that the Police were even preventing pedestrians walking down towards Kings Cross (the direction I wanted to go). I tried to establish what was going on but the police were busy enough and so spoke to another pedestrian who confirmed that we could not go any further. So I was re-directed down Tavistock Street when a minute or so later I heard an explosion and saw a huge piece of red metal and lots of debris be propelled so high into the air in front of me.

Later I deduced this must have been the roof of the bus. People, including myself, seemed to remain fairly calm to begin with but later when I heard reports from other pedestrians about what they had seen I began to get quite emotional. It's an odd feeling being so close to such a horrific incident. If I hadn't stopped to find out about the detour then I dread to think how close to the blast I would have been. Perhaps even stranger was the feeling of being completely vulnerable and utterly trapped within London's vastness. I didn't know where to turn to and my mobile not working didn't help. My heart goes out to all those innocent people involved in the blast and to all their relatives and friends.
Cassandra Harwood, London, W1

I would like to express my extreme gratitude to the London Underground staff, Fire Brigade, ambulance and hospital staff for their magnificent care and support for the passengers of the Piccadilly train disaster. I was on that Kings Cross train and for a moment I thought my number was up. However, I was extremely fortunate to only suffer minor breathing difficulties due to the smoke and soot inhalation. The after care at the Royal London Hospital was fantastic. Also a big thumbs up to the British public, people came together to help there fellow man and that really touched me. My thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones and those who were injured in all the incidents in London.
Steve Jackson, London, UK

I got home on the first Silverlink Metro to run from Camden Road westbound to Richmond, at about 3.45pm. It was eerily empty, while thousands of people were walking home.
Mark, London

I was on the train between Kings X and Russell Square - loud bang just about 100M out from Kings X - carriage filled with thick black smoke and plunged into darkness briefly - a few people freaked out but generally everyone was calm thinking it was a power surge - no idea that it was a terrorist attack - we evacuated out the back of the train about 30 mins after being trapped. The smoke made us think it was a fire at first but then the smoke didn't seem to increase and people thought it was just dust thrown up by the blast. The carriage was packed and claustrophobic.
Gurvinder Mahl, London

I was at my desk in BMA House, Tavistock Square when the bus exploded. We were all shocked by what has happened. I heard that the casualties were able to be 'treated' by doctors who were at BMA House at the time. I feel deep sympathy for those caught up in and affected by the day's events. It is so very distressing and mindless.
Clare Spencer, Islington, London

I was on the Piccadilly line when I got of at Kings cross. There was a loud sound of the back of a carriage that I was on. I was with my sister and was helping her overcome her panic attack. Everywhere was misty and so dark. There were people everywhere and there was screaming and chanting everywhere. It was a total blackout and the policemen and firemen were everywhere. Never have I been so terrified in my entire life as a Londoner
Usher, Victoria, London

Reading accounts of the attacks yesterday, I am struck by the number of descriptions and the horrific injuries caused by "shedloads of glass". We can never be 100% protected against attacks of this nature, but is there no way that glass in vehicles, and perhaps also in ground floor shop fronts, can be made safer? Toughened glass would surely not cause so many injuries, or could use not be made of plastics or acrylic in future?
Jennifer, Cambridge

I am only 14 and I was on the first Underground train that was hit by the bomb, between Liverpool Street and Aldgate. The bomb went off at approx 8:50am, the blast had thrown me to the floor the bang was so loud my ear to hurt. I could see bright sparks and fire. I thought I was going to die. Slowly thick smoke entered the carriage and it was hard to breath.

I was scared, everyone got on the floor so it was easier to breath. I had my tie over my mouth. The smashed glass was in my pockets and my hair. People tried to open the doors but they would only open about a foot. People started to cry even more which made me upset. I never thought I would get out. After about 20 mins the services came for us, the central doors of the train were opened and people less hurt moved down the train to the exit.

Their faces were so hurt I could not believe what I was seeing; it was like something of a film. My nose was hurt where the glass had smashed into it. Once these people had moved down we started to move down, people looking at us in shock, my face and hands was full of soot.

Fire crew lifted me and then we had to walk down the track, it was horrible, we had to walk past the carriage which the bomb had exploded in. It was an awful sight. The carriage was like a shell. There were bodies on the track. By this time I began to cry but just kept walking back up to the top of Aldgate Station. It is something I will never forget.
Jack, Hawkwell

I witnessed the bomb ripping the crowded bus to pieces as I got stuck in traffic just behind it, and watched the bus go past me moments earlier with all of its people having no idea of their fate. I wish to express my deepest sorrow for all those who suffered in such a sad way. Be at peace, there is much love for you here.
Spencer Ede, London England

I was on an Eastbound Hammersmith and City train at Edgware Road at about 8.50am. Just as the doors were about to close there was a sort of 'whoomph' and a pop which made my ears pop. The lights all went out and the doors closed, but opened again right away. No one really seemed that bothered and it really did seem to be like a big electric short out. After about a minute we were evacuated very calmly from the station. I think what we experienced was the explosion at Aldgate shorting the power which then travelled up the line and put the power out. I think that's what the discrepancy between times of the explosion is. It was a bit of a worry to think I was so close but I feel blessed to have escaped unscathed.
Rebecca Sellars, Reading, UK

I was at Russell Square yesterday when the bomb on the bus exploded, it was the most frightening moment. I didn't see it, thank God, but I heard the explosion, it was like a loud bang and it lasted for a few seconds. I was walking to work when I heard it, I had originally planned to get a Tube going via King's Cross and I was very glad I didn't.
Ciara Evans, Sutton, Surrey

My friend got the Piccadilly line Tube to Leicester Square yesterday and as he got off he was told they're shutting down the line because of a fire near King's Cross. Yeah, I know what happened yesterday, but this was at 8.17 (he checked because he sent his girlfriend a text at this time saying don't get the Tube) and the first attack wasn't till 10 to 9. Can you shed some light on this?
Row, United Kingdom

I usually board my underground Northern line by half eight to nine am at London Bridge station to Euston from where I take a main line train to Milton Keynes for my work. Luckily for the last two days I've had some early morning meetings due to which I started early morning from London. On 07/07/05 I just left London at half past eight. Really I can't imagine my condition if it had been the normal case. I pray for all who lost their lives in this explosion to rest in peace. I pray to God for a speedy recovery for all who being treated in hospital for various reasons.
Selvakumar Samiyappan, London

Tavistock Sq where the bus exploded is just one block from my flat. It's a beautiful little square where I often have picnics. What makes this attack seem particularly sick is that the square celebrates peace. It has a monument for the victims of Hiroshima, trees planted in the memory of the international year of peace and a beautiful statue of Gandhi. It also has a park bench with the memorial: "In memory of John Carpenter, a Londoner who loved the world and all its people". To me, that's what London is about, and the city and its people are getting on with their lives already. I love London, and its people.
Kat, London

I got on the Circle line from Baker Street, at about 8.40. I was in the front carriage when the carriage behind me blew up. After the explosion there was smoke/dust everywhere and a lot of frantic people trying to get some air. There was a lot of screaming and crying, after seeing the people injured I truly felt horrified. Just minutes before boarding the train I casually walked from in front of the second carriage to the entrance of the first thinking that I recognised someone standing at the end of the platform. She must have been waiting for the Hammersmith line and didn't board the train. Just wanted to say a big thank you!
Khuram Pervez, London, England

I arrived at Edgware Road tube station to get my usual Circle Line tube into the City around 9.05am. They had just closed the gates to the station and said there had been an 'incident down there' and the station was closed. The staff were relaxed, smiling and as unhelpful as ever. I then walked across the road and took the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus where we were evacuated. What was strange was that they had not also immediately closed the Bakerloo Line at Edgware Road! More bizarre is the fact that the bomb on the circle line at Edgware Road went off at 9.17am which meant that there must have been a train full of people down there, and the bomb, which I could easily have been on had I arrived a few minutes earlier. Obviously they had closed the station but not evacuated the people off the train. I feel very lucky but does anyone know exactly how it happened down there?
Alan Davis, Little Venice, London

I was on the bus in front of the bus that got blown up in Tavistock Square. I was just about to get off the bus and set off walking to work as we were not moving and I heard an almighty bang coming from the rear of the bus. I looked out of the rear window of my bus to see the bus behind us (around 60 yards away) explode and its roof fly off. There was dust everywhere in the air, people screaming and crying, and just carnage everywhere. I got off the bus I was on and ran in the opposite direction, some people were stood gawking at the bus, oblivious to the fact there may have been a further bomb on our bus. It was like something out of a disaster movie.
John Aspinall, Crouch End, London

How many bombs does it take to close the tube down? Three, it seems. I was on the Victoria Line and passed through an evacuated Kings Cross station at about 9.07am. We sat in the station for a minute or two, then moved on, with no explanation. I eventually got off at Oxford Circus at 9.15am - still no word of there having been any problems. I can only assume therefore that they closed the network down after the third bomb had gone off at Edgware Road. Is this because there is no communication on the tube? Either way, I now have zero confidence in London's tube network.
Marianne Harwood, London

I was travelling on the Hammersmith and City line travelling to Moorgate. The blast was in our train but in different carriage, as TfL said they evacuated the underground with in one hour, but we were stuck on the train for at least two hours before we have been taken out. It was shocking, people was screaming and crying, thank God we are still alive. I'm thankful to the emergency plan, how they took us out, they took the injured people out first, then emergency crew was on every step of track when they took us out. Thanks to all the emergency crew.
Azima Aziz, Manor Park, London

I was on the 8:51 Circle Line from Liverpool Street train when the first of the bombs went off. Fortunately I was 2 carriages down from the bomb and did not suffer any physical injuries. I am a little shaken and suffering from shock from the horrific sights that I experienced. I would like to express my gratitude to all the emergency services and London underground staff. After the initial period where we were stuck in the tunnel the rescue operation was very quick and professional. I feel extremely lucky to have survived the experience and hope everyone on the Island was as lucky. This experience makes one realize how unimportant some of the things that worried me yesterday are.
Mark Busby, Enfield, Middlesex

I was travelling on the Central Line at approximately 8:55am from Leyton to Bank. When we arrived at Bethnal Green the driver made an announcement that we would not be stopping at either Liverpool Street or Bank. When we got to Liverpool street the train stopped but didn't open its doors and the driver calmly and politely stated that the station had been closed due an emergency situation, Bank also was closed due to a 'power failure'. My feelings were that something was going on, but the calmness and professional manner of the driver had the right affect and no one appeared upset or nervous. My heartfelt prayers go out to the people whose friends and family members may have been killed or badly injured. Thankfully I don't have to return to work until Monday as I can work from home. As for next week I am considering cycling to work as an alternative means of getting to work. I have always felt uncomfortable about the way people are packed onto the trains and buses during rush hour and this only compounds my feelings of apprehension.
Gizella Futak, London, UK

I was on my way to a university open day via rail through Kings Cross. I would never have imagined that just two stops away (Warrens Road) the tube services would close and the stations evacuated. Just as I was walking away I heard a muffled bang. Moments later a stream of people started to rush through, some terrified to tears, most calm and composed. However, if this is an act of terrorism, I'll say it didn't work so much as planned. Yes, some lives were lost, but the people rallied and kept their heads together instead of have a mass panic which may have caused greater damage or loss. I commend the people in London that day as order was more or less kept in check despite the explosions and the damage it caused.
Anthony Lim, Surrey

From St John Ambulance, London - Operations Manager. We provided 37 ambulances and 20 Mobile Treatment Centres, with over 100 personnel, all day yesterday to support the London ambulance Service, as their principal back-up provider for major incidents. We continue to cover all of the incident sites for the duration of the clear-up operation and expect to be there for several days. Despite the seriousness and enormity of the situation, we have experienced several instances of kindness and consideration from both individuals and companies. For example, when we were at the main rendezvous point yesterday, a catering company arrived and said that as they could not deliver their food to the customer, due to the incidents, they were providing it free of charge to all our volunteers. Similarly, last night, one of my staff, having worked late into the evening, flagged down a London taxi to get home. On hearing what she had been doing as a St John employee and volunteer, he refused to take any fare. This morning, a lady and her daughter who live close by our headquarters, which accommodated several ambulances, support trucks and Control Units for much of the day yesterday, brought in a huge fruitcake in recognition of the "wonderful job the St John Ambulance is doing". Our volunteers and staff are extremely grateful for such kindness and good wishes.
John Stockham, London

I was on a train it stopped at Kings Cross then it went into the tunnel we heard an incredible bang and our ears popped as if they were pricked with a thousand needles. Then within seconds the smoke began bellowing in through the carriages as the lights went low. At this point I was waiting either for the smoke to fill my lungs or for the flames to become visible. Waiting to die.
A Akuffo, Walthamstow

I was in Euston, arrived at 9am from Manchester, queued for a cab and was debating walking down to Holborn to get a cab, normally past where the bus went off. The tannoy said the tube was closed and the next thing we were evacuated out of Euston. Thankfully came out of Euston from the taxi rank and not the main station entrance, so walked down the opposite side of Tavistock Square. All we knew was a power surge had caused the underground to stop. Walked along the bottom of Tavistock Square and heard a muffled bang. Looked to the left and saw a bus with no roof, very surreal, people not panicking. Thought it must have been a bomb that caused it. Walked to Barbican and had my meeting, only then did we realise the enormity of it all. Managed to get a cab to Euston at around 3:30 just as the station opened, and got on the first train to Manchester. Virgin Rail were fantastic, free drinks, no tickets checked, regular information and very apologetic about how long it might take us to get home. A very, very surreal day.
Stephen, Manchester

I had an accident with a car on Monday which meant I was on the train to work yesterday - I feel so lucky - when I got to Waterloo the tube was shut so I tried to get on a bus - the people pushing and shoving to get on the bus aggravated my injuries so feeling sick I went home - I work near Kings Cross and feel so lucky not to have been in the midst of it all - my thoughts go out to the families and friends of those bereaved or injured in this barbaric attack.
Scott Dougall, Addleston

I work inside the BMA building and heard the bus bomb exploding. We took some people into our office who had just got off the bus and were in shock. When we were evacuated from the building, we took refuge in the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury. The staff there were terrific. I got a room for myself and four colleagues and when we were able to leave about 4 hours later to walk to Charing Cross, the hotel only charged me £50 instead of £100 for the whole night. So well done to the Holiday Inn - they are an example of a hotel chain not cashing in.
Maggie Newport, London

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