His Excellency, The President has declared the period from Saturday, 9 July through Tuesday, 12 July 2005 as a period of mourning for the victims of the recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom. Stated the President, "Our hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom in the aftermath of these horrible, cowardly attacks. There is no excuse, no political agenda which necessitates such a brutal crime. I have great faith in the resilience of the British people to over come this tragedy and look forward the swift apprehension of the murderers that perpetrated this crime".
On Thursday, July 7th, four bombs tore through three underground trains and a red double-decker bus. Three blasts took place in the city's Underground and one more hit a double-decker bus, all within an hour at the height of morning rush hour. Officials indicate that there were 700 to 900 people on each of the affected trains at the time, and more than 50 people were killed in the blasts and 700 wounded. An Al Qaeda splinter group has claimed responsibility, and world leaders have condemned the attack, which came the day after London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympic Games.