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07/07/05

US, Local Security Stepped Up in Response to London Attacks

Four explosions rocked three subway stations and a double-decker bus in London during rush hour this morning. Numbers are still coming in, but at least 37 people are dead and more than 700 wounded. A group calling itself the Secret Organization of Al-Qaida in Europe has claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more attacks in Italy and Denmark.

This is the same group that claimed responsibility for the Madrid train bombs in 2003.

"We will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists," said President Bush. "We will find them. We will bring them to justice."

Police are beefing up security in New York, Los Angeles and other cities across America. Homeland security chief Michael Chertoff has raised the terror alert level to orange, the second-highest level, but only for mass transit.

To be on the safe side here in the Coastal Empire, right after the attack in London, police, the Georgia Ports Authority, Chatham Area Transit and many other agencies met with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to take whatever steps are needed to ensure our safety.

"They are stepping up activities, I would say transportation related," said CEMA director Phillip Webber. "I don't want to speak about specifics, but I have it from good authority there are stepped up security actions in place."

Since the Department of Homeland Security has increased the terror threat level to orange, they are asking everyone to remain on alert.

"Any time you are involved in public transportation anywhere in the world, you need to look out for suspicious activity, suspicious packages and report it to authorities immediately and they'll act on it," said Webber.

While there haven't been any threats to our area, officials aren't taking any chances and urge the public to do the same.

For the latest on the London attacks, visit www.cbsnews.com.

Reported by: WTOC staff

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