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High court inquests into the July 7, 2005, bombings of three subways and one bus in London, which killed 52 and injured 700, resumed Monday.
The inquests were adjourned in 2007 because of a criminal trial for three accused conspirators.
The inquests are the first opportunity for families of victims and victims themselves to hear the complete story of what happened that morning.
The inquest hopes to unravel how the attackers Mohammad Sidique Khan (30), Shehzad Tanweer (22), Hasib Hussain (18), and Jermaine Lindsay (19) planned and succeeded in detonating four home-made bombs during rush-hour on London subway trains. The response of the emergency services are also subject of examination as well as whether the attack could have possibly been prevented, the Guardian reported.
In court Monday, it was revealed that the bombs were meant to be detonated 24 hours earlier on July 6, the day London was awarded the 2012 Olympics.
The court also heard that due to confusion caused partly by a power outage after the explosions, it took train staff 30 minutes to to stop others trains and close the system.
The inquests will use more than 40,000 exhibits, hear 240 witnesses and a couple of hundred statements, Reuters reported.