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'All the hallmarks of al Qaeda'

Police give more details about Thursday's attacks

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Police have given more details about Thursday's train and bus bombings in central London.

In a press conference Friday morning 11:00 a.m. BST (0500 ET), police revealed the following:

  • More than 50 people died in the attacks.
  • There were 700 casualties: 300 were treated at the scene, 350 were taken to hospital and 22 remain in a "serious condition."
  • The attacks had "all the hallmarks of al Qaeda." Police were taking a claim of responsibility on an extremist Web site seriously.
  • The bombs used weighed about 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms).
  • The explosive devices appear to have been on the floor of carriages. Whether the device on the bus was on the floor or a seat is unclear.
  • "There is absolutely nothing to suggest" the bombs used were suicide bombers, although police say they cannot rule it out.
  • The explosion on the train traveling between Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations happened 100 yards (92 meters) into the tunnel. The device was in the third carriage of the train.
  • The King's Cross/Russell Square site is the "more complex" of the sites. The device was in the first carriage of the train in the standing area in the first set of double doors.
  • The bomb on the Edgware Road train was in the second carriage, in the standing area by the first set of double doors.
  • Police have no reason to suspect there are any living casualties still underground on the tubes.
  • Police told reporters they considered suspending London's cellular phone network in the wake of Thursday's blasts, but chose not to do so because of "the threat to public confidence that would come with that."

    Phone customers experienced some difficulties, however, because of high volume of use and because some cellular companies dedicated some of its service to emergency use.

    Cell phones can be used to remotely trigger a bomb, but London transit police have said many subway tunnels are too deep for a mobile phone to activate a device.

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