London Mayor Ken Livingstone, speaking in Singapore where he had been working in support of London's successful Olympics bid, said of the attacks in his city that, "This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners.

"That isn't an ideology," he said, "it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder."

"Black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindus and Jews, young and old," the bombings were an "indiscriminate attempt to slaughter irrespective of any considerations for age, class, [or] religion . . . "

Livingstone sees the "objective" of the attacks as "to divide London."