The unfolding drama in London has shattered the otherwise quiet return to working the British capital after the incidents of yesterday. Following those attacks Warren Street tube remains cordoned off as do the three other locations where explosive devices were found.
Forensic experts are now searching the three underground trains and one double-decker bus that were hit by the near simultaneous lunchtime explosions.
No one has been arrested in connection with these latest attacks. Scotland Yard said that two men were released without charge yesterday, after being questioned.
This morning’s newspapers focused on the “miraculous” escape by hundreds of commuters after the devices detonated without causing any injuries. That is in stark contrast to the July the 7th attacks that killed 56 people and wounded 700.
“It’s worrying but I guess you’ve got more chance of getting run over than being caught by all this. So it is frightening, but you have to get on with it. That’s all you can do, carry on”, said one man.
“We have to get on with our lives, we have to go to work, but let’s go for a strong coffee first”, said a woman who was able to laugh off the situation.
The three tube stations targeted yesterday were the Oval, Shepherd’s Bush and Warren Street, and a double-decker bus that was going from Waterloo to Hackney
What the terrorists did manage to do yesterday was bring major disruption to central London. In a city still on edge, the attacks left a few with shattered nerves. In addition Londoners are having to get used to living in a sometimes intimidating security-conscious environment.
As the police have warned, those who set off yesterday’s explosions are still on the run and will probably try to attack again.