Scotland Yard Press Briefing Provides Details
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
We are waiting for a news conference from London, Scotland Yard, and that news conference has begun.
Unidentified Man #1: ...is now open for friends and relatives who are concerned about those who may have been killed or injured in the incidents today. The telephone number is 0870-15-66344(ph); 0870-15-66344. In terms of what exactly happened this morning, at 8:51 this morning, there was an incident at around Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Moorgate East Underground stations, confirmed explosion a hundred yards into the tunnel from the Liverpool Street station. It was believed that the train involved is either Central or Circle line train, and there are seven confirmed fatalities in that incident.
At 8:56 this morning at the King's Cross Russell Square incident, again, 21 confirmed fatalities in that particular incident. At 9:17, there was an explosion on a train coming into Edgware Road underground station which blew a hole through a wall on to another train in an adjoining platform. In fact, it's believed that three trains were involved in that particular incident, and so far there are five fatalities in that particular incident. And then at 9:47, there was an explosion on a bus at upper Woban Square Junction(ph) with Tavistock place. There are fatalities in that incident, but at the moment, we cannot confirm the numbers.
So four devices we believe involved in today's incidents. The police service received no warning about these attacks and the police service has received no claims of responsibility from any group in connection with these attacks. This clearly was a callous attack on purely innocent members of the public deliberately designed to kill and injure innocent members of the public. That's all I have to say at this stage, but I can answer questions afterwards.
Unidentified Man #2: Obviously, London's transport is facing some very challenging times at the moment. The Underground won't be in action until tomorrow. The bus services we hope will come back on in central London later on this afternoon. And the over-ground stations, King's Cross, will be closed. Liverpool Street is currently closed. And Victoria is closed due to a bomb threat. So they hope that will be open quite soon.
The situation is fluid. There are a number of bomb scares as one can understand at a time like this, but we're doing our very best with Network Rail and the other operators to open up the systems as best we can, and we'd like Londoners to start thinking about their journey home and to make sure they check whether their services are available and then to start to make their way home. Obviously, we don't want a great rush out of central London. But it's going to be a very difficult evening to get people away, but I know that everyone will at least be working together to try and get people home as best we can.
So our encouragement is to check on those systems and then for people to start to make their way home as reasonably as soon as possible without a great rush or going off at the same time from offices. We've asked people to think carefully about their journey back tonight.
Unidentified Man #3: The London ambulance service has been working...
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