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Key questions that the families of those killed in the 7/7 bombings hope the inquest will answer…
July 7 Attacks: Key Questions For The 7/7 Terror Inquiry
These are the key questions that the families of those killed in the 7/7 bombings hope the inquests will answer.
â€¢ Should part or all of London’s transport network have been shut down after the Tube bombings but before Hasib Hussain set off a device on the number 30 bus in Tavistock Square? There was a gap of nearly an hour between the detonation of bombs on three London Underground trains and the blast that ripped apart the bus.
Many of the 13 people killed by 18-year-old Hussain ended up on the number 30 after being evacuated from the Tube network because of the earlier attacks.
â€¢ Did shortcomings in equipment and procedures hamper the emergency services?
A report published by the London Assembly in June 2006 praised the heroism of individual medics, firefighters and police officers.
But it condemned communication problems, a shortage of basic medical supplies and a failure to provide proper care for thousands of survivors.
The inquests will look at the availability of first aid kits on Tube trains and in stations, lighting in trains and tunnels, and issues around the use of radios and telephones in the Underground.
â€¢ Could more lives have been saved?
A legal hearing ahead of the inquests was told that 17 of the 52 victims of the attacks did not die instantly.
The family of Behnaz Mozakka, 47, had always assumed that she was killed immediately in the King’s Cross blast, but they learned in April that she survived for up to 40 minutes.
The inquests will examine whether there were delays in emergency services getting to the scenes of the blasts, whether those injured received appropriate medical treatment, and whether they were taken to hospital quickly enough.
â€¢ Could communication between the authorities and the bereaved relatives have been better?
Police took 11 days to inform one family that their loved one had been killed in the attacks.
And the parents of Miriam Hyman, 31, waited four agonising days before being told she had died in the Tavistock Square bombing – even though she was found with her bag strapped around her containing several forms of ID.
Many of the families have spoken of their frustration at the lack of information that came from the police.
â€¢ Could MI5 and the police have prevented the attacks?
This is the biggest question – and the most controversial.
The coroner has deliberately left it to the final stage of the inquests to allow time for legal challenges and for MI5 to blank out sensitive information in top secret intelligence documents.
Many of the bereaved families and survivors argue that police and the Security Service should have followed up 7/7 ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan and his number two, Shehzad Tanweer, after they were seen meeting known terror suspects 17 months before the atrocities.
MI5 says it was swamped with potential leads at the time and did not have enough information to prioritise Khan and Tanweer over other suspects.
The intelligence agency also argues that pursuing these questions could undermine national security – and even help terrorists plotting other attacks.
MI5 is likely to attempt to overturn any rulings by the coroner forcing it to disclose classified information.
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