London bombings relatives voice cautious relief

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Relatives of the London bombings victims said Osama bin Laden's death brought "relief and comfort" but warned Monday that Islamist extremists might now try to perpetrate further atrocities.

Fifty-two innocent people were killed in the July 7, 2005 attacks on three London Underground trains and a bus, while 700 more were injured in the blasts.

The attacks were carried out by four British Muslims, three of whom were of Pakistani origin.

John Falding's partner Anat Rosenberg died in the attack on the double-decker bus which exploded in the city's Tavistock Square.

"There will be relief and comfort for victims of Al-Qaeda all around the world," he said, according to the BBC.

"But I think also it's a short-lived victory, in a way, because we now have to be on our guard.

"I think there will be reprisals -- if only so that people can demonstrate that the organisation... still has potency."

Sean Cassidy, whose 22-year-old son Ciaran was killed in the blast on a Piccadilly Line train, said he was "very happy" to hear the terror network's leader was dead and praised the covert American operation.

"I am very happy, and very well done to the Yanks, they deserve their praise," he said.

However, he added: "There are plenty more willing to fill his shoes -- all those fanatical organisations have their young pretenders."

Kim Beer, whose hairdresser son Philip, 22, was killed on the same train, said: "I am not pleased for anyone to lose their life."

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