MOBILE LINK TO BOMBS' DETONATORS
UK Mirror | August 5, 2005
By Adrian Shaw
THE suicide bombers who killed 52 people in the 7/7 atrocities may have used mobile phones to detonate their devices, it was revealed last night.
American detectives sent to London to monitor the Scotland Yard investigation also said the explosives were stored in a fridge in the Leeds bomb factory, then transported to the outskirts of London in beer coolers.
The bombers used a peroxide-based explosive called HMDT. It is made using ordinary hair bleach and citric acid, along with other ingredients which we cannot reveal.
The new details were disclosed by the New York City Police Department in a briefing to business leaders. Police commissioner Raymond Kelly warned them that such devices could be used in a new wave of terror attacks on New York.
He said: "Initially, it was thought that perhaps the materials were high-end military explosives that were smuggled but it turns out not to be the case.
"It turns out that these terrorists went to a hardware store or some beauty supply store."
Michael Sheehan, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of counter terrorism, said: "In the flophouse [dosshouse] where this was built in Leeds, they had commercial grade refrigerators to keep the materials cool."
He said he believed the three Tube bombs were detonated by mobile phones set to go off at exactly 8.50am.
An NYPD spokesman said later that they had not drawn a direct link between the July 7 bombings and the July 21 attack.