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July 7th 2005 London Bombings

Key Quotes and Comments:

The men's personalities and profiles have been particularly confusing to grasp due to the number of conflicting accounts published in the media. Mainly unconfirmed security sources and anonymous acquaintances have fuelled the notion that these men were indeed Islamic terrorists influenced or perhaps even trained by Al Qaeda. But there are still friends and family members who do not accept that the men they knew were capable of committing such acts.

See government references to the men in the reports analysis

Daily Mirror: None of the men was heard to cry "Allah Akhbar!" - "God is great" - usually screamed by suicide bombers as they detonate their bomb.

Daily Mirror: Jermaine Lindsay's partner Samantha Lewthwaite, 22, mother of his one-year-old son, is expecting her second baby within days. Mohammed Sidique Khan's wife Hasina, mum of a 14-month-old daughter, is also pregnant.

Daily Mirror: They carried wallets containing their driving licences, bank cards and other personal items. Suicide bombers normally strip themselves of identifying material.

Independent: Bus bomber went to McDonalds for his last meal.

[hardly the behaviour of an Islamic suicide bomber]

Guardian: The suicide bus bomber Hasib Hussain made frantic telephone calls to his fellow bombers minutes after they blew themselves up on London underground trains on July 7, it emerged last night.

[why would Hussian be frantically ringing the other men if he was aware of and part of a suicide plan?]

Guardian: 'Detectives believe that Hussain had initially planned to board a Northern Line train but was unable to do so because of engineering work at King's Cross. Seemingly unsure of what to do and unfamiliar with the area, he wandered around aimlessly for more than an hour.

He is believed to have left King's Cross and walked towards Euston station, before boarding a bus which became caught up in the heavy traffic that followed the tube blasts. He then got off and boarded the No 30 bus heading south.'

[there are a number of other tube lines Hussain could have boarded - why would he wonder around for an hour and then get two buses before detonating a bomb? Why did it take police so long to establish Hussain's movements? Why are the police still not sure what happened even after thousands of cctv tapes have been analysed?]

Independent: 'The teenager who destroyed a double-decker bus - was also captured on surveillance cameras wandering around the streets of London, "bumping into people", before detonating his rucksack bomb.

The unnamed official told delegates that Tanweer argued with a cashier that he had been short changed, after stopping off at a petrol station on his way to the intended target in London.

The official told the seminar held in Preston, Lancashire two weeks ago: "This is not the behaviour of a terrorist - you'd think this is normal.

"Tanweer also played a game of cricket the night before he travelled down to London - now are these the actions of someone who is going to blow themselves up the next day?'

The Four men pre 7/7

BBC: Suicide bombers' 'ordinary' lives

Sky News: The teacher bomber

Guardian: The boy who didn't stand out

Guardian: Bombers could of been on same rafting trip - pdf

Mail on Sunday: Men on rafting trip 'all in same group' - pdf

BBC Radio 4: Biography of a bomber - mp3

BBC: The mystery of 'Sid'

Independent: Aldgate bomber became a single-minded Jihadist killer - pdf

Independent: 'Khaka' and 'Sid', the committed jihadists who turned to murder

Independent: The mystery of the London bomber and his secret wealth

Independent: Revealed: How suicide bomber used to work for the Government

Times: Family of 7/7 bomber struggles to understand

New Statesman: The suicide bomber in his own words


Family & Friends comments

BBC: Bomber's father tells of anguish

Times: Family of 7/7 bomber struggles to understand

BBC: Bomb suspect's family 'shattered'

BBC: Bomber's family are 'devastated'

BBC: Statements from bombers' families

BBC: Widow of bomber 'abhors' attack

Telegraph: He cut all contact with us, says bomber's family

Times: Bomber's widow says extremists twisted his mind

Guardian: Friends claim Khan's statement was faked

Telegraph: 'My son was more British than anything. God knows why he carried out this act'

Telegraph: Relatives of Tube bomber want another post mortem

The Four men 7/7

Home Office & ISC reports

BBC: Police release bus bomber images

BBC: London bombers: Key facts

Daily Mirror: Was it suicide?

Telegraph: Were they suicide bombers or were they duped?

Independent: Bus bomber went to McDonalds for his last meal - pdf

Guardian: Suicide bomber's last-minute calls to accomplices

Telegraph: 'Bomber's calls prove bus not original target'

Guardian: A casual shopper in Boots - then he set off to kill

Independent: July 7 Tube bomber argued with cashier shortly before blast

Sunday Mirror: Bomber's last game - pdf

[ITN: 'Detained Briton' in bomb phone link]


Fifth bomber?

Times: Fifth 7/7 bomber pulled out day before blasts

BBC: Fake fifth London bomber jailed


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