While both shocking and devastating, the London bombings of 7 July 2005 have long been predicted. Ministers and security chiefs have said on the record that an attack on the UK was inevitable.
They came at a time when the eyes of the world were on the UK as it hosted the G8 meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland. With the current casualty figures at 52, but expected to rise a picture is emerging that suggests the UK has fallen victim to suicide bombings.
The raids on houses in Leeds and the subsequent indications by the police that the London atrocities were carried out by 4 suicide bombers born and raised in the UK are disturbing. The police deserve credit for swift action, but the consequences of their discovery are chilling and their implications long-lasting.
The briefing offered the opportunity to debate and consider the wider implications of the 7/7 attacks. It also attempted to analyse the urgent questions that follow such attacks. Furthermore, it examined in detail the emergency response to the attacks and facilitated discussion on how security measures, particularly within the transport sector can be enhanced. Importantly, through representations from Muslim society, this event discussed the issue of community relations - after the recent revelations, if they are not dealt with efficiently and sensitively they could have the capacity to severely test the cohesion of British society.
Invited speakers included:
- Mr Mark Stollery, Deputy Director of Research and Intelligence, Aegis Defence Services Ltd
- Superintendent Malcolm Baker, Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13), Metropolitan Police
- Mr Ajmal Masroor, Director, Communities for Action
- Detective Superintendent David Tucker, ACPO National Community Tension Team
If you would like further information on this event contact Mamoona Shah:
+44 (0) 20 7747 2648