Death toll up to 52. From the Times Online, :
THE al-Qaeda terrorists who killed more than 52 people in the London rush-hour bombings are still at large and could strike again, security sources gave warning yesterday.
Investigators are increasingly convinced that only one bomber “” who killed 13 people in the explosion on a double-decker bus “” died in the blasts.
The others are thought to have left their bombs “” consisting of less than 10lb of high explosive hidden in rucksacks and fitted with timed fuses “” on the floors of three Tube trains before escaping.
New information emerged last night on the timing of the explosions on the Undergroud. Police said that they now believed that the bombs went off within six minutes of each other, the first at Edgware Road station at 8.50am. This was originally logged as a person under a train, but by 9.17 police had realised that it was a bomb.
The second blast, between Aldgate and Liverpool Street on the Circle Line, came at 8.51, with the third, on the Piccadilly Line train between King’s Cross and Russell Square, at 8.56. The bus explosion in Tavistock Square came at 9.47.
One high-level source said that investigators were assuming that “the people who did this are still out there. They could do it again”.
A second attack would fit the pattern of recent al-Qaeda activity in Europe. In November 2003, the HSBC bank and the British Consulate in Istanbul were attacked five days after two synagogues in the city had been bombed.
The London bombs are strikingly similar to the wave of blasts which killed 191 people on commuter trains in Madrid in March last year. Less than a month later, a bomb attack on the high-speed rail line to Seville was foiled.