Timeline of the 2005 London bombings

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The following is a timeline of the 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings.

All times are in British Summer Time (BST or UTC+01:00).

First explosions[edit]

7 July 2005[edit]

  • 08:50: Initial reports of an incident between Liverpool Street and Aldgate tube stations, either an explosion or a collision between trains. The reports from the two stations were initially thought to relate to two separate incidents
  • 08:50: Explosion on a train between King's Cross and Russell Square tube stations. Eyewitnesses report explosion appeared to come from outside the train (this explosion was initially reported to have happened at 08:56).
  • 08:50: Explosion on train at Edgware Road tube station (this explosion was initially reported to have happened at 09:17).
  • 09:28: Metronet, the private consortium responsible for maintaining Tube infrastructure, says the incident was caused by some sort of power surge.
  • 09:33: Reports of an incident at Edgware Road tube station. Reports that passengers on a train hit by an explosion attempted to break windows with umbrellas in order to escape.
  • 09:46: British Transport Police announce there had been more explosions at King's Cross, Old Street, Moorgate, and Russell Square.
  • 09:47: Explosion on number 30 bus travelling between Marble Arch and Hackney Wick at Upper Woburn Place/Tavistock Square.
  • 09:49: Entire London Underground system shut down.
  • 10:00: National Grid announces there had been no problem with power surges.
  • 10:40: First report of fatalities, government source speaks of 20 dead.
  • 11:08: Bus services suspended across central London.
  • 11:10: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair confirms fears that it is a coordinated terror attack, but appeals for calm, asking people not to travel to London or make unnecessary calls to the emergency services.
  • 12:05: Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks out on the incident, calling the attacks a coordinated series of 'barbaric' terrorist attacks.
  • 17:30: Having flown back from Scotland, from the G8 Summit, Prime Minister Tony Blair emerges from a meeting in Downing Street and urges the public not to 'be terrorized'.
  • 18:13: Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Paddick confirms 37 fatalities: two in the bus explosion at Upper Woburn Place/Tavistock Square, seven at Liverpool Street/Aldgate, seven at Edgware Road, and twenty-one in the King's Cross/Russell Square blast, as well as around seven hundred injuries, with roughly three hundred of those being transported by ambulance to London hospitals.
  • 21:40: The Metropolitan Police announce that a person injured in one of the blasts has since died in hospital care.

8 July 2005[edit]

  • 11:00: Metropolitan Police press conference. Confirmed that there are four blast sites - three on the underground and one on the bus - not six as briefly thought. Gives update on casualties: "The number of deaths stands at more than 50. There were 700 casualties, 350 of whom were treated at the scene, 350 of whom have been treated at hospital. 22 people are in a serious condition in hospital and one person has since died."1
  • 15:00: Queen Elizabeth II visits victims of the attacks at the Royal London Hospital, and speaks out against terrorism.
  • 15:30: Police Commissioner Ian Blair and Mayor of London Ken Livingstone hold press conference. Confirm total of thirteen people killed in Tavistock Square bomb.2

9 July 2005[edit]

12 July 2005[edit]

  • 06:30: Having identified three suspects from CCTV footage, a missing person's report and documents found in the debris at each bomb site, armed police and army bomb disposal experts conduct three raids in the Beeston and Holbeck areas of Leeds and two in nearby Dewsbury, in West Yorkshire. The Metropolitan Police lead this operation, working in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police.[1][2]
  • 11:30: Up to 600 residents are evacuated from the area of a sixth raid, in the Burley area of Leeds. Residents are unable to return to their homes for two days following the confirmation that explosives have been found at the site.[3]
  • 13:20: A controlled explosion is carried out at the site of the raid in Burley.
  • Luton Railway Station is closed as police investigate a car parked there and believed to be associated with the suspects caught on CCTV cameras. After a series of controlled explosions the car is taken away for further examination.

13 July 2005[edit]

3 August 2005[edit]

  • Piccadilly Line returns to service.[5]

Second explosions[edit]

21 July 2005[edit]

22 July 2005[edit]

27 July 2005[edit]

  • 04:30: Yasin Hassan Omar, suspected of the failed attack at Warren Street on 21 July 2005, along with 3 other men, is arrested in Heybarnes Road, Birmingham. He was carrying a rucksack when he was arrested and, after resisting arrest, was hit with a Taser stun gun. Later he is taken to London for questioning by the Police.[6]

29 July 2005[edit]

  • 11:30: Of the other three suspected attempted suicide bombers allegedly linked to the 21 July explosions, two are arrested in London. On that same day, Hussain Osman, the fourth suspect, is arrested in Rome.[7]

15 January 2007[edit]

Six men appear at Woolwich Crown Court charged with offences relating to the 21 July explosions.



  1. ^ Campbell, Duncan; Laville, Sandra (13 July 2005). "British suicide bombers carried out London attacks, say police". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "One London bomber died in blast". BBC News. 12 July 2005.
  3. ^ Weaver, Matt (13 July 2005). "Evacuees face second night in leisure centre". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Norton-Taylor, Richard (13 July 2005). "US lifts London travel ban on service personnel". The Guardian.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 19 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Tube bomb suspect held by police". BBC News. 27 July 2005.
  7. ^ "Police: All 4 bomb suspects in custody". CBC News. 29 July 2005.