Metro Networks has written up an overview of everything that's gone on lately in London....
British police shot and killed a man in an underground London rail station today. Sky news reports that the man was suspected of being one of the bombers from yesterday's failed attacks on the transit system. There has been no confirmation by police that the man in fact was one of the suspected bombers. Transport police have shut down two of London's underground lines and closed the Stockwell station, where the shooting occurred. Police also have cordoned off all of the surrounding roads.
At one point, police had also surrounded an East London mosque today after receiving a bomb threat. Police say they had cordoned off the area as they conducted a search, but after finding no device the alert was called off.
Yesterday, the city was shaken by four attempted bombings themeerily similar to the July 7th attacks that killed more than 50 people. Four small, near-simultaneous blasts occurred at lunchtime and hit three underground subway trains and a double-decker bus. The devices apparently did not detonate as they were intended to so authorities were able to gather evidence from the failed devices. Police are examining the explosives for fingerprints or other clues to help point to the bombers. Security experts say it's unclear why the devices failed to explode properly.
Some train passengers reported having encounters with the would-be bombers yesterday. One west London train passenger heard a bang and saw a young man lying on the floor of one of the cars, lying on top of a backpack with smoke coming from it. After a south London explosion, witnesses chased a suspect, but lost him.
A group claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda has posted a message on its website saying it was behind yesterday's failed attacks in London. The statement by the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades said the attack was a message to all European governments that they would not rest until all "infidel troops" leave Iraq. It also said the attack was a warning to everyone who follows the policies of President Bush. The statement did show up on major al-Qaeda websites, and U.S. officials have said the link between the group and al-Qaeda is unclear. In the past the group has claimed responsibility for other attacks, including the Madrid train bombings and the July 7th London bombings. The claims have been discredited by security experts.
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