July 7 Bombings

It will be little comfort to those people that SAN exists or that the London 7/7 commemoration is taking place, but over the months and years, those united by such terrible circumstances will start to help and support each other to cope and recover and to form a powerful force for social change.
On 8 July 2005 I opened a copy of The Times and was disturbed to see a familiar face staring back at me from the front page. For a few minutes I struggled to work out why I knew this man. Then I realized it was a photograph taken on an assignment I had been on and I had interviewed the leader of Britain's first suicide bombers.
I will never forget sitting there, with an oxygen mask on my face, watching a man being stretchered in to the hall, and I thought to myself, why is he only wearing one black sock? It took me a couple of seconds to realise he wasn't wearing a sock, his left foot was burnt to a crisp.
With Beyond the Bombings we've been deliberate to use our What's Working approach to news to focus on constructive, solution-led journalism. We will be publishing an interview with 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks who lost her legs and became a motivational speaker and anti-extremism campaigner. We'll have a blog from Esther Hyman, whose sister died in the attacks and who is raising money for an online anti-extremism course. We've also written a profile of Paul Dadge, the 'reluctant hero' who helped a woman with the white face mask in a famous picture. The London bombings touched people from across Britain, including our own news editor Jacqueline Housden who was on one of the tube trains which was attacked and is returning to work at HuffPost UK after giving birth to her first child. These are all remarkable stories which highlight the ability of wounds, no matter how deep, to heal.
The terror plot for which three men have now been convicted showed a change in the way al Qaida is operating, a counter-terrorism
The suicide bomb plotters were heavily influenced by the radical teachings of al Qaida supporter and Yemeni-based preacher
The bomb plotters had the means, the will and the know-how to carry out mass murder in what detectives say could have been
Three men have been found guilty of leading a terrorist bomb plot that could have been bigger than the July 7 atrocities
Three terrorist plotters led a plan to set off eight suicide bombs which could have been bigger than the July 7 London attacks
A July 7 bomber's widow, suspected of being part of a terror cell, has fled Kenya for Somalia, a top police official has