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Arrests over London bomb attacks

BBC News | July 12, 2005

COMMENT:
How can we be expected to believe any of this? This statement comes from the same sources who were so quick to let Al-Qaeda take responsibility for the bombings based on the comments left on a internet message board. Not surprisingly, that explaination soon fell apart opening a hasty search for new patsies.

First it was suicide bombers, but then it was revealed that the bombs exploded nearly simultaneously, which paralleled exercises that were going on in the London Underground at the exact same time. So again, new patsies are needed to fill the suicide bomber void. Now the the story is that the bombers were killed in their own bombings. How convenient.


Arrests have been made in Yorkshire after the identity of the suspected London bus bomber led police to make a series of raids.

Security sources said the bus bomb suspect died in the blast but it is unclear if it was a suicide bombing.

They believe the four bombers were British born and all died in the Thursday's bombings.

Police have carried out controlled explosions in Leeds and Luton and searched six houses.

BBC home affairs correspondent Margaret Gilmore said all four bombers were believed to have died in the blasts.

Meanwhile police in Leeds are looking for explosives and have already seized some material.

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An unoccupied house in the Burley area of Leeds was one of six raided in Leeds after the attacks.Up to 600 people have been evacuated from the area.

Police cleared people from homes as well as a mosque, a health centre and an old people's home.

Parts of the Beeston area of Leeds has been cordoned off, as well as a street in Dewsbury near the city.

Inspector Miles Himsworth said the operation was being led by the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist officers with the support of West Yorkshire Police and the Army Bomb Disposal Unit.

He said the house at which the controlled explosion took place officers were searching for explosives and other material.

He said that may include computers, and a "careful and meticulous search" would be carried out.

Luton station closed

Anti-terrorism officers launched the first raids in the Leeds area on six houses at about 0630 BST.

One evacuated resident Nathan Clark, said people were "shocked" at what was happening.

"Everyone is amazed that it is happening on their doorstep," he told BBC News.

Meanwhile in Luton the railway station has been closed and a cordon placed around an area that also covers the bus station and parts of Luton University campus.

Police said a car they believe may be connected to the London bombs has been found in the car park.

Earlier the Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair confirmed the operation "is directly connected to the outrages on Thursday".

Sir Ian said London, as well as New York, continued to be "major terrorist targets".

He said: "Another attack is likely, there's no question about that. When, who knows."

The Yorkshire searches were carried out after warrants were issued under the Terrorism Act 2000.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said the police were acting on information from searches at the scenes of the crimes in London.

Five victims have been formally identified out of 52 people confirmed killed in last Thursday's explosions on three Underground trains and a bus.

Several families have received official confirmation of the deaths of loved ones.

Queen donates

The police released the names of two further victims on Tuesday - Philip Stuart Russell, 28, of Kennington, south London, and Jamie Gordon, 30.

Mr Gordon's family described him in a statement as a "kind, caring person who always put other people first".

Two other victims were formally identified on Tuesday, but their families asked for the names not to be released immediately.

On Monday, Susan Levy, 53, from Hertfordshire, was the first victim of the bombings to be officially identified by coroners.

Meanwhile in London, Prime Minister Tony Blair has signed the official book of condolences for victims at city hall.

The Queen has made a "substantial donation" to a fund set up to help the families of people killed and injured in the attacks, it has been announced.

Buckingham Palace did not reveal how much had been pledged to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund set up on Friday by Mayor Ken Livingstone and the British Red Cross.


Police raid N.England homes in London bombs probe
Reuters | July 12, 2005
By Yara Bayoumy

LEEDS, England - Police searched six homes in northern England on Tuesday as a "significant" part of the investigation into last week's London bombings, blamed on al Qaeda, which killed at least 52 people.

Detectives from London, together with local officers from West Yorkshire, searched the properties around the city of Leeds as part of a pre-planned intelligence-led operation, a police spokeswoman said.

No arrests have been made so far. Inspector Miles Himsworth of West Yorkshire Police said some material had been seized from the houses but could not elaborate.

At one address, army experts carried out a controlled explosion to gain entry to the property and then helped police search it for explosives, Himsworth told reporters.

Firearms officers were brought in as a precaution but the house was unoccupied, he said.

Earlier, officers had evacuated hundreds of people from the surrounding streets of red brick terraced houses in a rundown, racially mixed area of Leeds.

Leeds has one of the biggest Muslim populations in Britain. In May 2001, it was one of a series of northern English towns which saw rioting between Asian and white youths blamed on ethnic, religious and racial divisions.

A police spokeswoman said Tuesday's searches were thought to be "significant".

"We will be there for some time," she added.

London police chief Ian Blair told BBC radio the raids were "directly connected" to the bombings which the authorities blame on Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda.

Last Thursday's London bombs on the underground rail system and a double-decker bus killed at least 52 people and injured more than 700.

FIRST REPORTED SWOOP

Tuesday's operation was the first reported swoop in what police have described as the biggest crime investigation in English history.

Hundreds of extra officers have been drafted in to help in the inquiry, which involves examining footage from 2,500 closed circuit television cameras around the capital and assessing information given by around 2,000 callers.

Forensic experts are meanwhile attempting to reconstruct the bombs from evidence collected at the scene to give them further clues about the attackers.

A senior police source told the Times newspaper that two bodies at the scene of the bus bombing had to be examined in close detail because they appeared to be holding the bomb or sitting on top of it.

"One of those might be the bomber," the source was quoted as saying.

Police declined to comment on the report

 


Police Raid Home of Suspected Bombers
2 bombers died in blasts, police say

London Guardian | July 12, 2005
By Jon Dennis

· 1 held after homes raided in Yorkshire
· Car seized in Luton
· Four suspects caught on CCTV

Two suspected bombers died in last week's terror blasts in London, police said tonight.

Speaking at a press conference, DAC Peter Clarke, from Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch, said the investigation was moving at great speed.

Investigations were focusing on the activities before Thursday of four men, three from West Yorkshire. The homes of three from West Yorkshire were raided today, he said. One man was arrested and was being brought to London.

CCTV footage showed the four had arrived in London on Thursday morning. One of the four was reported missing by his family at around 10am, DAC Clarke said.

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The Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Andy Hayman, said police had worked "painstakingly" on the inquiry.

There had been several hundred witness statements, more than 1,000 CCTV tapes and more than 2,000 calls to the terrorist hotline. "Doesn't that say a lot about our communities here in London?" he said.

Armed officers and army bomb disposal experts took part in the raids on six properties in the Leeds area, which began around 6.30am today. Material was seized during the operation and has been taken away for further examination.

At least one controlled explosion was carried out ahead of a raid on one of the properties, where police on the ground said they were searching for explosives.

The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, described today's raids as "significant".

Police last week dismissed suggestions that the bus had been targeted by a suicide bomber. But witnesses claimed a bus passenger was seen agitatedly looking into a bag on his lap.

A string of raids across the country started early this morning with searches of an initial five homes in Leeds.

Luton train station was also cordoned off this afternoon and through-train services cancelled while police isolated a vehicle that police suspect is connected to the incidents. A controlled explosion was carried out on the vehicle, which was expected to be removed for forensic examination. Officers could not say how long the car had been parked there.

The bus, which was ripped apart by an explosion 57 minutes after the tube bombs detonated, had also come from the direction of King's Cross. Trains from Leeds arrive at King's Cross and pass through Luton.

Shortly after midday today police and army officers used a controlled explosion to gain entry to a house in Leeds, one of a total of six homes raided in West Yorkshire today in the hunt for the perpetrators of the bomb attacks.

Around 500 to 600 people were evacuated from the area close to the address in the Leeds suburb of Burley at around 11.30am. Army officers used a controlled explosion to gain access to the property at 1.20pm.

Neighbours said a 22-year-old man had lived at the house on Hyde Park Road with his family but had gone missing.

The operation in Leeds was being led by the Metropolitan police anti-terrorist officers with the support of West Yorkshire police and the army bomb disposal unit. Armed officers had been used as a precaution in case anyone was inside the property.

A house in Lees Holm, Dewsbury, was one of those surrounded by police. Scaffolders arrived in the afternoon and began erecting a platform at the rear of the property.

Police officers guarded the front of the terrace house and a police van blocked off the road, preventing people from visiting the scene.

Forensic investigators could be seen entering the house wearing masks and protective suits. Neighbours on the council estate said an Asian couple lived there with a young baby daughter. It is believed that the baby was aged about eight or nine months, a resident said.

Neighbour Sara Aziz, 28, a mother of two children, said the couple had not been there for more than a year. She said the man was aged about 29, while his wife was several years younger. She said the couple originally came from Pakistan but had moved from Leeds.

"They seemed a right quiet couple," she said. "They just keep themselves in. Once I was hanging my washing out. I tried to make conversation with the wife but she was having none of it. I saw him a lot more."

She added: "She left with the police this morning wearing a veil. He wasn't there this morning. I last saw him last week."

Earlier police cordoned off a white semi-detached house in Colwyn Road, a quiet residential street in the Beeston area of the city, and a terrace house in Stratford Street, around two minutes walk away from Colwyn Road. Material was seized during the raids and has been taken away for further examination.

· The Muslim Council of Britain is considering holding a national demonstration of protest against the terrorists behind the London bombings. The inter-faith event, which has yet to be agreed, would involve marches in the capital and other cities across the UK.

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