by: Ynetnews - Last updated: 2005-07-07
A group calling itself "Secret Group of al Qaeda's Jihad in Europe" said it was behind the series of blasts in London, a German magazine reported.
Der Spiegel magazine reported that the group posted its message on a website popular with Islamic militants, which it did not name. It said the group claimed the explosions were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two tube trains and three double-decker buses have exploded in central London, in an apparent terror attack just one day after the city was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.
Several people were killed in the attack that began at 9:00 a.m., shortly after Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush held a joint press conference at the G-8 meeting in Scotland.
It began with an explosion at the Aldgate East underground station in central London, followed several minutes later with an "incident" at the Edgware Road station, near a heavily Arab neighborhood.
Israeli Hagit Kleiman, 38, never thought terrorism would follow her all the way to London.
'We were on the way to tour some of the galleries in town when we got caught in the attack," she told Ynet. "We never heard the blast, but my friends in the area told me there were a ton of ambulances and fire engines.
"They were obviously very ready for this, as if they had been waiting for it."
Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in London at the time of the blasts, but was unhurt. Following the attack, body guards forced him to remain in his hotel, far from the blast sites.
The attack is the fourth in a series of major terror attacks against Western powers. Following the September 11, 2001 attack in New York, nearly 200 Australians were killed in a double suicide attack in a nightclub on the Indonesian island resort of Bali on October 12, 2002.
In March, 2004 four trains exploded on the Madrid, Spain subway system during the morning rush hour. 191 people were killed, and hundreds more wounded.
Andrew Friedman, Attila Somfalvi, Modi Krietman, Ronny Gal and Orly Popper contributed to this report
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