London 7/7 bombings verdict of 'unlawful killing'

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London 7/7 bombings verdict of 'unlawful killing'

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The inquest into the London suicide bombings of 2005 has ruled that the 52 victims who died were unlawfully killed.

The bombers targeted passengers using the city’s busy transport network, blowing themselves up at several Tube stations and on a bus.

Lady Justice Hallet’s report makes recommendations that she said may save lives.

Over the course of 19 weeks a mountain of evidence was heard. Some 309 witnesses appeared and a further 197 statements were read out.

Bereaved families were thanked for their quiet dignity.

The response of the emergency services was a major part of the remit of the inquiry, but the coroner concluded that the problems encountered had not led to any deaths.

More than 700 people were injured in the four suicide bombs.

Before the explosions the bombers, Islamist extremists, were caught on security cameras.

Some victims’ families have called for a full public inquiry to establish if the attacks could have been prevented.