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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 1, 2005


London terrorists caught

LONDON - Police interrogated
suspects Saturday in the botched
transit attacks and sought the extradi-
tion of another alleged bomber from
Italy. As they hunted for accomplic-
es possibly still at large, authorities
warned Londoners not to let down
their guard against terrorism.
The four arrests Friday in dramat-
ic raids in London and Rome helped
ease the fears of a city on edge since
four suicide bombers killed 52 peo-
ple on subways and a double-decker
bus July 7. The bombing attempts
July 21 took no lives but further rat-
tled nerves.
"Britain fights back as our brave
police catch all the cowardly suicide
bombers," the Daily Express tabloid
exulted in a headline.
"Caught Like Rats in a Trap" said
The Sun newspaper, alongside a
photo of two bare-chested suspects
with their hands in the air.
With all those suspected of carry-
ing out the two sets of attacks believed
dead or in custody, investigators were
working to unravel the strands of the
two plots.
Police were. searching for those
who may have recruited and directed
the bombers, while also seeking links
between the terror cells, one believed
to be made up mostly of Pakistani
Britons, the other mainly of East
African immigrants to London.
The Sunday Times reported that
investigators believed a third terror
cell was still at large.
In Rome, a lawyer for jailed sus-

pect Osman Hussain suggested Hus-
sain would fight British extradition
efforts, a process that could take
several months.
Hussain, an Ethiopian-born Brit-
ish citizen, is suspected of trying to
bomb the Shepherd's Bush subway
station in west London on July 21.
He reportedly told investigators the
bombers were motivated by anger
over the Iraq war.
A legal expert familiar with the investi-
gation told The Associated Press in Rome
that Hussain had admitted to a role in the
attack but said it was only intended to be
an attention-grabbing strike.
Hussain told interrogators he was
not carrying enough explosives even to
"harm people nearby," the expert said,
speaking on condition of anonymity
because Italian law requires that the
ongoing investigation remain secret.
Without identifying sources, Italian
newspapers gave differing accounts
of what Hussain told investigators.
Milan's Corriere della Sera report-
ed that he first told authorities he did
not know what was in the backpack
he carried onto the Underground,
then said he was told the bomb-
ers were only supposed to carry out
"demonstrative" attacks.
The Rome daily II Messaggero
said the suspect told investigators,
"We were supposed to blow our-
selves up."
Hussain also said the bombers had
been led by a man called "Muktar,"
apparently Muktar Said Ibrahim, one of
the suspects captured Friday in London,

the Rome daily La Repubblica reported.
"Muktar showed us videos with
images of the war in Iraq," Hussain said,
according to Italian newspapers.
Hussain was arrested Friday at an
apartment on the outskirts of Rome
after police traced him through his
use of a relative's cell phone. His
lawyer, Antonietta Sonnessa, said no
charges had been filed.
British police, meanwhile, faced
questions about how Hussain eluded
a manhunt to slip out of the country.
Italy's Interior Minister Giuseppe
Pisanu said he left London's Water-
loo station by train July 26, five days
after the bombings.
Police had released closed-circuit tele-
vision images of the bombing suspects
shortly after the attacks, but the picture
of Hussain was grainy and difficult to
see. A day after his escape, Metropolitan
Police put out a clearer image of him on
a bus, wearing a white undershirt.
British police are holding 11 suspects
in the attacks but have given few details
about those other than the alleged bomb-
ers. Two detainees are womenarrestedon
suspicion of harboring offenders, report-
edly Hussain's partner and her mother.
Ibrahi the suspect reportedly named
by Hussain, is suspected of planting
explosives on a bus in east London.
Also known as Muktar Mohammed
Said, he is a British citizen who emi-
grated from Eritrea in 1990.
The second man, who identified
himself as Ramzi Mohammed, is sus-
pected of trying to blow up a train at
the Oval station.

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covered alley near Liberty Street last Sunday as a romantic gesture to a
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