2005 London bombings

Remember Remember The Seventh Of July

On July 7, 2005, at 8:50 AM, three bombs were detonated more or less simultaneously at three stations of the London Underground subway system. Approximately one hour later at 9:47 AM another bomb detonated, this time above ground in a double-decker bus, at the intersection of Tavistock Square and Upper Woburn Place.1 Four men, three of Pakistani descent and a Jamaican, were identified by authorities as the bombers. Their names were Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30; Hasib Mir Hussain, 18; and Shehzad Tanweer, 22. The fourth bomber was Germaine Lindsay.2 Within two weeks of the attacks the authorities’ investigation seemed to be closing in on the party that put the four men up to the bombings. Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (Met), said he expected to uncover a "clear al-Qaeda link".3

As it turned out however, the Met’s investigation into al-Qaeda involvement in the bombings4 would only go so far. Any evidence of "inside" assistance in carrying out the attacks, no matter where it might have come from, was scrupulously avoided by the Met; and there was plenty of evidence for "inside" assistance.