London Suicide Bomber Says in Video More Attacks Are Planned
Bloomberg | July 6, 2006
One of the four London suicide bombers was shown on a videotape today threatening more attacks in retribution for the military activities of Western governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The videotape, purported to be of Shehzad Tanweer, was broadcast on al-Jazeera television the day before the first anniversary of attacks that killed 52 people and injured more than 700 in the U.K. capital.
``What you have witnessed now is only the beginning of a string of attacks that will continue and become stronger,'' Tanweer said. The terror campaign will continue ``until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq,'' he said. Britain has troops in both countries.
London will observe the anniversary of the attacks tomorrow with two minutes of silence, a series of wreath-laying events and a ceremony for victims' families in Regent's Park. The bombings were the most deadly in London since World War II.
It's not clear when or where the video was made. Tanweer, 22, bombed a London Underground train between the Liverpool Street and Aldgate stations. Another of the bombers, Mohammed Sidique Khan, appeared in an earlier video broadcast after the attacks. He described himself as ``a soldier'' at war against Western governments involved in Muslim countries including Iraq.
London's Metropolitan Police said they were aware of the latest video and are studying it.
``There can be no doubt that the release of the video at this time can only cause maximum hurt and distress to the families and friends of those who died and the hundreds of people who were injured in the terrorist attacks,'' said Andy Hayman, assistant police commissioner, in an e-mailed statement.
London police say they've broken up three terrorist plots since the July blasts and that 60 people are awaiting trial on terrorist charges.
``It is important that people continue to go about their daily lives as normal, to do otherwise would mean the terrorist has won,'' Hayman said.
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