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The first TV reports on the morning of 7 July 2005 talked about electrical faults causing explosions on the Underground, but it quickly became clear to Londoners that a co-ordinated terrorist attack had taken place in the centre of the capital. Suicide bombers had set off three bombs within a minute of each other on three separate trains. A fourth exploded an hour later on a double-decker bus. 52 innocent people were killed and 700 injured; some horrifically. The transport system ground to a halt and many workers walked several miles home.
For many, the effects on everyday life have been far-reaching - there is perhaps more suspicion in the streets, as well as a rise in Islamophobia. The effects of the government's subsequent counter-terrorism legislation have been equally noticeable. Whether police investigations of potential terrorist threats are legitimate, or whether they invade the privacy and freedom of innocent people, is one of today's hottest political debates.
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