July 7 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of the 2005 terrorist attacks on London’s metro system. In 2005, terrorists launched a coordinated attack against London’s transportation system, with three bombs detonating simultaneously at three different Underground stations and a fourth bomb exploding an hour later on a city bus. In all, there were 52 victims in these bombings with an additional 700 injuries resulting. The four terrorists who executed the attacks were killed in the explosions.
On the fifth anniversary of this deadly attack, START provides this background report to examine the degree to which these attacks reflect changing trends in terrorist activity in Great Britain and globally.
Terrorist attacks in Great Britain
According to START’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) has been the target of 604 terrorist attacks since 1970. Great Britain was the sixth most frequent target for terrorist