A year after deadly attacks, Britain holds remembrances


July 08, 2006|By CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LONDON -- As usual for the morning rush hour, the London Underground was packed with commuters yesterday, as it was exactly a year before when four British Muslims boarded three trains and a bus to blow up themselves and 52 others.

The terror attack, the worst in London's history, has not changed the essential rhythms or habits of the city, but it has left deep scars.

Yesterday, London and the rest of Britain marked the anniversary with low-key remembrances, some public, some private.

It began a little before 8 a.m. outside King's Cross station, where commuters began leaving bouquets on the sidewalk. About 8:50, the time when three of the bombs went off almost simultaneously on Underground trains, London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Tessa Jowell, a member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's Cabinet, laid a wreath outside the station.

In a video posted on the Internet yesterday, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida's No. 2 commander, said two of the bombers, Shahzad Tanweer and ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, spent time at an al-Qaida camp. Thursday, Al-Jazeera television aired a videotape of Tanweer in which the 22-year-old university dropout vowed that his suicide attack was "only the beginning of a string of attacks that will continue and become stronger."

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