London terrorists 'left 16 unexploded bombs'
London Daily Mail | July 27, 2005
The London bombers left a stash of 16 unexploded bombs in a car, some packed with nails, it was revealed today.
Security experts believe the July 7 plot, which killed 56 people, may have been planned to be much larger and the explosives intended for a second strike.
The bombs were recovered from a car believed to have been rented by suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer, according to ABC News.
The vehicle was found five days after the attacks in Luton, where the bombers boarded a train to London.
Exclusive pictures obtained by the US network show some of the bombs flat-packed like pancakes, while others were packed with nails to use as shrapnel.
An X-ray picture of one of the bombs shows nails bulging out of the side of a bottle-shaped bomb.
Security analyst Robert Ayers, told ABC: "Bombs don't kill by concussion. Small bombs, they kill by the blast effects of fragments of glass or metal, and this is designed to kill people."
He said he believed the explosives were left for a second strike.
The first pictures of the bloody wreckage deep in the London underground tunnels have also been obtained by ABC.
The extent of the devastation at Edgware Road station and on the train between King's Cross and Russell Square, where 27 were killed, was shown on World News Tonight.
Mr Ayers said you could see how the bomb had blown out the train's sides, and the roof had been blown to bits.
Police cordoned off the car park at Luton railway station as bomb disposal teams carried out several controlled explosions on the vehicle days after the first attack.
The bombers had reportedly bought a day-long parking ticket and it remains unclear whether they, or others, intended to return.
The photographs represent just the latest in a string of revelations about the London attacks made by the US media.
Most recently, a Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre report leaked to the New York Times revealed that three weeks before the attacks British intelligence officials concluded there was no group with the intent or capacity to attack the UK.