BRITAIN stood united last night in defiance of the bomb attacks which killed at least 52 people and left 700 injured as the reality of the War on Terror came to London….
Meanwhile, guard went up worldwide:
THE attacks triggered a worldwide terrorist alert. From Europe to America, the Middle East and Russia, countries put their forces on alert and stepped up security on public transport networks.
In France, Dominique de Villepin, the Prime Minister, advised travellers to avoid London until further notice. Two Cabinet sessions with defence and interior ministers were held to co-ordinate French emergency plans and offer help to Britain.
In Madrid, which suffered similar attacks last year, JosÃ© Luis RodrÃguez Zapatero, the Prime Minister, ordered the Interior Ministry “to activate all the systems of alert and prevention”, and told the security services to co-ordinate the hunt for those responsible for the British authorities.
Michael Chertoff, the head of the American Homeland Security Agency, raised the threat level “from code yellow or elevated to code orange, high” on transport systems. The US Embassy in London was cordoned off for a block around the Mayfair building.