Britain is marking the first anniversary of the London bombings with two minutes of silence at midday. On July 7, 2005, four young British Muslims blew themselves up on the city’s transport system, killing 52 people and wounding 700.
Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose decision to invade Iraq has been cited by some as a motivating factor for the bombers, will observe the silence with members of the emergency services. Plaques bearing the victims’ names will be unveiled close to where the bombs went off on the underground railway system.
London mayor Ken Livingstone will lay flowers in Tavistock Square where a bomb on a bus killed 13 people. Yesterday a video was released showing one bomber, Shehzad Tanweer, warning of further terrorist attacks. It also showed images of al-Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri.