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President Bush speaks about the bombings in London Thursday while standing in front of the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 7/7/2005 3:48:51 PM ET 2005-07-07T19:48:51

President Bush vowed Thursday that the United States "will not yield to the terrorists" after a series of deadly bombings ripped through London's transportation network during the morning rush hour, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.

“The war on terrorism goes on,” he said from Gleneageles, Scotland, where he was attending the Group of Eight summit. "We will not yield to these people, we will not yield to the terrorists."

Minutes before, British Prime Minister Tony Blair had read a statement from all the leaders gathered at the summit being held at a posh resort here.

“I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room,” Bush said. “Their resolve is as strong as my resolve.”

Blair then left for London, and Bush said the British leader would “carry a message of solidarity” with him from his fellow world leaders.

"The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London, what's taken place here is incredibly vivid to me," Bush said.

"On the one hand, we got people here who are working to alleviate poverty and to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS and that are working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people," he said. "And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill, those who've got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks."

'Heartfelt condolences'
The president offered the “heartfelt condolences” of the American people to the victims and their families in London.

Security at the summit was not affected, and Bush had no plans to return to Washington early. But G-8 leaders took a long break in their morning opening session so they could get individual briefings on the attacks.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the president received frequent updates from Chief of Staff Andrew Card and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. Card also notified Vice President Dick Cheney, McClellan said.

Bush warned Americans to be “extra vigilant” as they headed to work.

In Washington, the Homeland Security Department asked authorities in major cities for heightened vigilance of transportation systems.

Congressmen offer solidarity
Though Congress was in recess, lawmakers were quick to condemn the attacks. Traveling in Africa, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., denounced them as “cowardly acts against innocent people.”

“The United States cannot be intimidated and our efforts will not be deterred,” Frist said in a statement. “We stand by the British people in their hour of need as they have done for us. My sympathies go out to the people of London.”

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he and other leaders “stand in complete solidarity with Prime Minister Blair and President Bush, and all the leaders of the G-8 Summit, who pledged their commitment and resolve to fight and defeat this kind of extremism and hatred wherever it exists in the world.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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