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Friday, September 22, 2006

London bomb victims let down

Victims of last year's deadly London suicide bomb attacks were let down by poor emergency planning, a government report will say today according to media reports.

The Home Office report will admit that anti-terrorism plans failed to deal with the aftermath of the bomb attacks by four British Islamists on London's transport network on July 7 which left 52 commuters dead and more than 700 wounded. It will add that victims and families did not get the support they required, a lack of emergency facilities contributed to survivors' distress and police could not cope with the number of calls from worried relatives.

However, the professionalism and bravery of the emergency workers on the day is praised, the media reports said. ''We accept that there was more we could have done in our preparations and in our response on the day and in the days and weeks that followed,'' the Times newspaper quoted the report, titled Lessons Learned, as saying.

It comes after Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell admitted earlier this week that mistakes had been made after the bombings, the first suicide attacks in western Europe.

''I think the anger that people feel is justified,'' she told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.


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