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July 22, 2005

London Bombings: apparently practice doesn't make perfect

 (...or should that be "fortunately"?)

Two weeks after their first bombing, Moslems extremists failed miserably in the attempt at a second bombing of London's subway and bus system. Not only was nobody killed, the only injury was an asthma attack suffered by one commuter. Meanwhile four suspected bombers are in hiding after depositing their badly prepared bombs. This does tend to give weight to the argument that the previous bombers might not have known they were going to be suicide bombers.

From the Scotsman...

POLICE were last night hunting the al-Qaeda terrorists who fled after yesterday's failed London bomb attacks, and sources close to the investigation said they were confident the men would be caught within the next 72 hours.

Detectives believe at least four bombers were involved in the attempted attacks and they are understood to be still at large. But police are certain their escape was caught on CCTV and several witnesses have already come forward with descriptions. One bomber struggled with three male passengers before fleeing up an escalator.

Early indications suggest the gang is part of the same terrorist network that launched the devastating strikes on the capital exactly two weeks ago in which 56 people died. If so, this would provide a crucial breakthrough in unravelling al-Qaeda's network in the UK.

Three of the four devices are thought to be of a similar size and weight to the bombs used in the attacks in the city on 7 July. The fourth was smaller and appears to have been contained in a plastic box.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 22, 2005 09:27 AM

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