Four home-grown British suicide bombers, three of them from West
Yorkshire and none of them known to the police, carried out last
Thursday’s bomb attacks on London, reports The Guardian
this morning. “The hunt is now on for the person who police suspect may
have masterminded the bombings and who may have already left the
country,” says the paper – and the “discovery of a bomb factory in
Leeds indicates to the police that there were plans for future attacks.”

“Security forces are coming to terms with the realisation that young
Britons are prepared to die for their militant cause,” reports The
Times. “Three of the men lived in Leeds and the immediate fear is that
members of a terrorist cell linked to the city are planning further
strikes.” The man who planted the bomb at Edgware Road was named last
night as Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, the married father of an
eight-month-old baby, who is believed to have come from the Leeds area.
Two other terrorists were Hasib Hussain, 19, who bombed the bus in
Tavistock Square, of Colenso Mount, Leeds, and Shehzad Tanweer, 22, the
Aldgate bomber, who lived at Colwyn Road, Leeds. Police are still
trying to identify the fourth, whose remains are believed to be in the
bombed tube train carriage on the Piccadilly Line, says The Times.

Security sources said it was likely at least three of the men were of Pakistani descent, reports BBC News.

The critical breakthrough in the hunt for the London bombers came on Monday night in a police video viewing suite, reports the Daily Telegraph.
“Detectives involved in watching thousands of hours of film for
glimpses of the terrorists had been given a “profile” based on a simple
question posed for their guidance by senior officers. The question was:
what would the terrorists look like? The answer was that they would be
young men, probably in their 20s and 30s, and they would be carrying
rucksacks.”

The four young Asian men carrying rucksacks “would
have attracted few second glances from rush-hour commuters scurrying
through King’s Cross station,” says The Independent.
“The station surveillance cameras would later show the four friends
chatting away as they strolled down the concourse towards the
Underground. ‘They looked as if they were off on a walking holiday,’ a
senior security source said yesterday.

“Ten days ago Shahzad Tanweer, a 22-year-old British Asian, was playing cricket in the local park with his friends,” reports The Guardian.
“It was something he loved to do. He was a sporty young man who loved
martial arts, drove his dad’s Mercedes and had many friends in the
Beeston area of Leeds.”

“I
see four pathetic young men, feeble manifestations of confused
masculinity, too spineless to negotiate the 21st century,” comments
Alice Miles in The Times.
“Unemployed? Useless? Do something that makes you feel big. But anyone
can make a bomb and take it on to the tube. It is the work of a deluded idiot. We should not glamorise them, and any
who might follow them. We must not dignify them with fear.”

Read the latest police statements here.

Peter Fray

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