Giuliani was in London when the bombs went off
LONDON - Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was in London on Thursday when four bomb explosions rocked the British capital, and said the blasts were an "eerie reminder" of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
Giuliani, whose response to the 2001 hijacked airliner attacks won him worldwide praise, said he had been close to London's Liverpool Street station when the first bomb exploded in an underground train nearby.
"We could hear the sirens, and then we kept getting reports of more bombings in different parts of the city," he told Sky television.
"They were a very eerie reminder of Sept. 11."
Giuliani said he was impressed by the calm response of Londoners.
"As we were walking through and driving through the streets of the city, it was remarkable how the people of London responded calmly," he said.
"I think every New Yorker will probably join me in saying that we very, very much understand what you are going through, and this is a difficult time but the people of London have responded in exactly the right way."
Giuliani said that after the Sept. 11 attacks, New Yorkers had tried to match the bravery shown by Londoners during German air raids in World War II.
"A lot of our response to September 11 was modeling ourselves as much as we could on the people of London back during the Second World War," he said.