London to site bombing victims memorial in Hyde Park

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LONDON -- A permanent memorial to the victims of the 2005 bombings of three London subway trains and a bus will be built in Hyde Park, the government said Thursday.

The 350-acre park -- already home to a memorial to Princess Diana -- had been chosen because of its "prominence, history and central London location," said Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.

Four suicide bombers killed 52 commuters and wounded 700 during the morning rush hour on July 7, 2005.

The government had initially planned to build a monument to mark the attacks at Tavistock Square -- where one of the blasts ripped apart a double-decker bus, killing 13 passengers.

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