The inquest into the London bombings has opened in the Royal Courts of Justice, over five years after the events of July 2005 which killed 52 people and four British-born suicide bombers.
Presided over by a judge, and open to the public including the families of victims, the inquest will hear evidence in an attempt to answer two questions.
The first is “was the response of the emergency services good enough”? 17 of the deaths occurred while victims were being taken to, or in hospital.
The second is “could the security services, who had two of the bombers, ringleader Mohamed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, under surveillance, have done more to prevent the atrocity”?
Immediately after the bombing the British government said the men were unknown to the authorities, and refused an inquest. Survivors and victims’ families claim the official account until now has been misleading, insufficient, and inaccurate.