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London Explosions Shock West

7 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Western nations tightened anti-terrorism security today -- especially in transit systems -- after a series of explosions in London killed and injured a number of people.

Authorities in France and Germany said they have adopted extra precautionary measures.

Washington sent bomb sniffing dogs and armed police officers to patrol subways and buses. New York, principal target of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, increased subway security checks and asked passengers to be alert for unattended packages. The U.S. Homeland Security Department asked major cities to increase vigilance on transit systems.

Spain ordered activation of "all security procedures." Italy's civil aviation authority placed airports on maximum alert.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende condemned what he called these "horrible acts of terror." He said that terrorism is a evil that, in his words "threatens all the countries of Europe."

(compiled from agency reports)