Bombing in London hits home in the US

Local residents barely had time to celebrate the naming of London as the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics when four bombs exploded during rush hour on Thursday, July 7.

Local residents barely had time to celebrate the naming of London as the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics when four bombs exploded during rush hour on Thursday, July 7.

At least 52 people were killed and another 700 or so were injured. The bombs were detonated on a bus and three subway trains. Broadcast news shows in the US have covered the developments extensively as the search for the assailants continues. Coverage has also focused on rising fears of a terrorist attack occurring in the US.

Most frequent messages

1. Police have tentatively identified four male bombers, all believed to be British nationals

2. The bombings were initially claimed by two groups in the name of Al Qaeda

3. President Bush expressed solidarity with Britain

4. A post-bombing poll revealed a surge in US anxiety that there will be further terror acts here

5. The Intl. Olympic Committee said that the bombings had nothing to do with the Games

Based on analysis of more than 20,000 radio and TV broadcast news shows from July 5-13

Evaluation and analysis by VMS

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