Information remains unclear, and official sources (Police, Medical and Fire Service) are so far failing to confirm or deny anything, but we do know that there are three incidents, most likely some form of low-yield explosions, on three Tube trains, one on the Hammersmith & City Line in Shepherds Bush – West London, another at Oval Station on the Northern Line and a third on a Victoria Line train at Warren Street.
All three incidents happened at the same time, roughly two and a half hours ago, and are joined by a fourth incident on a bus in Hackney, although a statement from the bus operator Stagecoach suggests that only minor damage was caused, and the bus was not destroyed in the same way as the bus that was bombed on July 7th.
London Underground are temporarily shutting the Tube network, and emergency services have erected exclusion zones around all four alleged bomb sites. Chemical specialists have been confirmed as attending the scene of the Warren Street incident.
1430: UK Government’s emergency-response team Cobra meets at Downing Street, with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw attending.
1413: Prime Minister Tony Blair postpones a visit to a school in east London and a photocall with visiting Prime Minister John Howard of Australia, a spokesman says.
1411: Police cordon off University College Hospital, Reuters news agency reports.
1401: A White House spokesman says the US is “monitoring the situation closely”.
1354: Police say they are not treating the evacuations as a “major incident yet”.
1348: Westminster Underground station is evacuated.
1342: Police respond to reports of an explosion on a Number 26 bus in Hackney Road in east London.
1340: Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, cancels an engagement because of the incident on the Underground, a spokeswoman says.
1325: London Underground announces services suspended on three lines, Hammersmith & City, Victoria and Northern.
1321: Fire service says smoke seen coming from Warren Street Tube station.
1320: The pound sterling falls against other currencies as word of the incidents hits the markets. The index of leading shares on London’s stock exchange also falls.
1311: Shepherd’s Bush station on the Hammersmith and City line is evacuated.
1245: Ambulance services are called to the Warren Street station on the Northern and Victoria lines. The station is evacuated.
1238: Ambulance services are called to the Oval Underground station on the Northern Line. The station is evacuated.