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7 July 2005

London’s 9/11 happened on July 7, 2005 when Islamic terrorists detonated four bombs on three tube trains and a double-decker bus. 52 died and 700 were injured and in the police presence and security works you see at train stations the effects are still felt. I was reading about the attacks tonight and was surprised to discover how often I pass two of the sites where bombs exploded.

One of the bombs exploded on a Picadilly Line train after it left Kings Cross headed towards Russell Square. I travel through Kings Cross station several times a week because it’s about a 10 minute walk from my dorm.

The bomb that was detonated on the top level of a double-decker bus occurred in front of the building that houses the British Medical Association. It happened at the corner of Tavistock Square and Upper Woburn Place, an intersection I crossed most days when I walked to campus. Here’s a photo I took in Tavistock Square not long after I got here.

Not that any of this means much to anyone else, it just was a reminder of how close this war that we’re in can come to us, and still have so little affect on our lives.


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