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Den rettslige høring om 7/7 begynte ved Royal Courts of Justice igår. For de pårørende en viktig hendelse. Hva hendte? Hva kunne vært annerledes? De fikk høre om tilfeldigheter. SMS-meldinger kunne tyde på at selvmordsoperasjonen opprinnelig var ment for 6/7, men ble utsatt et døgn fordi lederen Mohammed Siddique Khan måtte ta sin gravide kone til sykehus den 5. (Barnet døde under fødselen 7/7) Den 6. var dagen da britene fikk vite at de hadde vunnet OL. Men aksjonen skulle ha funnet sted på morgenen og ville således ikke rammet feiringen.

Det gjorde likevel inntrykk å få vite at det opprinnelig ikke var deres pårørende, men andre, like uskyldige som kunne blitt rammet. Skjebnen er lunefull.

En annen omstendighet er hvordan terrorangrep virker i et sivilt samfunn. Det oppstår kaos, myndighetene forstår ikke hva som er skjedd, mobilnettet bryter sammen og redningspersonell tør ikke gå inn, for de vet ikke om strømmen er slått av. Alt dette skjer samtidig og lammer responsen. Det gjør også trafikken i en storby. Brannbiler og ambulanser kom ikke frem.

Despite police receiving reports of bomb blasts and suspected deaths half-an-hour after the Aldgate explosion at 8.50, Tube staff were still debating whether the tragedy was the result of a power surge 44 minutes after the bombings.

‘These calls reveal considerable difficulties in assimilating the information that is coming in as clearly a very confused picture presented itself,’ counsel for the inquest Hugo Keith QC told the inquest.

With emergency services reluctant to enter the underground tunnels at Aldgate, BTP Inspector Robert Munn placed his foot on the rail to show it was not electrified.
But despite his act of bravery, firemen still refused to enter the tunnel until they received confirmation from London Underground that the rails were no longer active.

In a later call, Inspector Munn pleaded for emergency operators to send ambulances to Aldgate warning: ‘There are people on these trains who will die if they do not get immediate care.’
The inquest also heard that emergency services were sent to Praed Street, in Paddington, instead of Chapel Street, where Edgware Road station is located, and to Liverpool Street, not Aldgate.

A specialist response unit was still stuck in traffic in South London at 9.40am, as it waited for a police escort.

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