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London Assembly seeks to learn lessons from bombing attacks

09-09-2005

London, IRNA:

London's devolved assembly is launching a four-month long inquiry to learn lessons from the series of bombing attacks in the capital's transport system on July 7 that killed 56 people.

The inquiry, being carried out by the assembly's London Resilience Scrutiny Committee, said it will focus on the experience of ordinary Londoners and visitors to the capital who were caught up in the events.

It will also pay particular attention to communications issues, including the role of broadcasters, and how business continuity arrangements worked in practice, the 25-member assembly said in a press release obtained by IRNA.

The inquiry comes after the British government rejected calls led by Muslim leaders for a full judicial inquiry into the bombings and subsequent copycat attacks carried out on July 21, in which no one was killed.

Police say they have identified four home-grown Muslims, who died in the 7/7 bombings, as being responsible but no other arrests have been made. Five others have been charged for the subsequent attacks as with 10 family members and friends for withholding information.

The London Assembly, set up in 2000, acts as a check and balance on the capital's major and investigates issues of concern to Londoners. In scrutinizing the Greater London Authority, it also has the power to amend the city's budget.

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