21 July 2005 17:05 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--London's public transport system was hit by four small explosions or attempted blasts on Thursday, police chief Ian Blair said.
There were no fatalities or very serious injuries in the blasts, which occurred two weeks after four bombs were detonated in terror attacks on the central London transport system, killing 56 people and injuring some 700.
Today's incidents involved an explosion on a number 26 bus in the Hackney area of east London and a blast, possibly from a rucksack bomb, on a train entering Warren Street underground station in central London.
Warren Street was evacuated together with stations at Shepherd's Bush in west London and The Oval in central London. A blast was confirmed by emergency services at Shepherd's Bush and there were reports of an explosion on a train near The Oval.
The emergencies forced the suspension of services on four London underground lines: Hammersmith and City, Victoria, Northern and Bakerloo.
Police reassured the public that the emergency was not as serious as two weeks ago and Prime Minister Tony Blair called for calm.
Financial markets, which wobbled in the immediate aftermath of the blasts, quickly recovered.
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