Many Oklahomans were worried about friends and loved ones in England. News on 6 anchor Craig Day talked to two people in Tulsa with ties to England.
For them, Thursday morning's coordinated attacks brought a wide range of emotions, including shock, anger and sadness. Betty Southard spent much of Thursday morning calling relatives in England. Turns out a cousin's son was on a subway car two cars ahead of one that was bombed early Thursday in London, heâ€™s safe. Betty Southard: "he said people were pretty calm. He said it was amazing, but people were like ants around the train station, wondering who was on the train and looking for family I'm sure."
Recent intelligence has indicated that London was considered a prime target for Islamic extremists, in part because al-Qaida was having difficulty getting people into the United States. "It's disturbing. Because you think, why are people doing this? To injure other people."
Villy Green is from Essex, about 45 miles east of London. She's in Tulsa for a summer institute at Oral Roberts University. Green found out about the terrorist attacks when she came to classes. "Initially it's a shock. Immediately your mind thinks OK, where is my husband? He works in London." Green's husband is also unharmed.
Green says she wasn't surprised the attacks happened considering the G-8 summit is underway. Both women believe the attack will serve to unite England and strengthen its resolve in the war on terror. Villy Green: "I think historically what happens is a crisis always brings people together. And I think this will bring people together."
Thursday's attack is the worst attack in London since World War Two.