London bombers 'were all British'
Detectives now believe the London bombings were carried out by four British-born men in what were possibly the country's first suicide attacks. Security sources said it was likely at least three of the men, said to be of Pakistani descent, are dead, after belongings were found at the scenes. The details emerged as explosives were found in Leeds and Luton after a series of raids. One man has been arrested.
The BBC's Frank Gardner said an expert may have offered the bombers guidance. The security correspondent said the suspected bombers - one of whom is thought to have been as young as 19 - may have been helped by someone who would have left the country before the bombs went off. Police revealed details of the breakthrough in their investigation into the attacks, which killed at least 52 people, on Tuesday.
It emerged that relatives of one of the men had reported him missing last Thursday morning.
On Monday night, police had viewed CCTV footage of four suspects together at London King's Cross last Thursday.
They all had rucksacks and were seen just 20 minutes before the three Tube bombs started going off at 0851 BST. A bus bomb went off in Tavistock Square at 0947 BST. Three of the men had travelled to Luton from Leeds by train, before catching a Thameslink train to London. They had been joined at Luton by a fourth man who had driven to the Bedfordshire town.
'Shock and horror'
Tuesday's police raids, which began at 0630 BST, centred on two properties in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and four in Leeds.
Police said they had arrested a relative of one of the four suspects in Yorkshire and taken them to London for questioning.
Explosives were also found in a car at Luton railway station, where experts have carried out seven controlled explosions, with three more expected to follow. A second car believed to be linked to the attacks was also found at the station and towed to Leighton Buzzard, 10 miles (16km) west of Luton, for further examination.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said it had received news of the suspects with "anguish, shock and horror". He said: "It appears our youth have been involved in last week's horrific bombings against innocent people. "While the police investigation continues we reiterate our absolute commitment and resolve to helping the police bring to justice all involved in this crime of mass murder. Nothing in Islam can ever justify the evil actions of the bombers."
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said the searches, carried out under the Anti-Terrorism Act, were intelligence-led and "directly connected" to last week's attacks. Head of the Metropolitan Police anti-terrorist branch Peter Clarke said documents identifying three of the men were found near three blast sites. But there is no identity for the fourth bomber and police do not know if his remains are at the King's Cross blast site or if he has fled. Three of the four men were from the West Yorkshire area, said Mr Clarke.
His colleague, assistant commissioner Andy Hayman, said: "I want to conclude by making it absolutely clear that no-one should be in any doubt the work last Thursday is that of extremists and criminals.
"No-one should smear or stigmatise any community with these acts."
Following developments on Tuesday he described the investigation as "complex and intensive" and "moving at great speed".
Police said there was forensic evidence that one of the bombers died in the Aldgate Tube explosion. Property belonging to one of the suspects from West Yorkshire, who was reported missing by his family just after 1000 BST on Thursday, was also found on the devastated bus. A third man's property was found at both the Aldgate and Edgware Road blasts.
Mr Clarke said: "We are trying to establish their movements in the run up to last week's attacks and specifically to establish if they all died in the explosions."
Eleven victims of the blasts have now been formally identified. Eight inquests will be opened on Wednesday, including those of Londoners Jamie Gordon, 30, and Phillip Russell, 29. - BBC
Flashback: British Muslim suicide bombers Ashif Muhahmmad Hanif, 22 (R)
and Omar Khan Sharif, 27 (L) are seen as they pose with AK 47
rifles in a frame grab taken from a videotape handed out by
Hamas March 8, 2004, nearly a year after their deaths. The
22-year-old Briton of Pakistani descent blew himself up at Mike's
Place, a jazz club on Tel Aviv's beach promenade, on April 30,
2003, killing three people in an attack claimed by Hamas. Hanif's
partner in the attack, 27-year-old Sharif, attempted to detonate
his bomb, but failed, then fled the scene. His body later washed
ashore on the Tel Aviv beach.
Police say bombers played in Wales
TEAM-BUILDING?: A small town in Wales popular with whitewater rafters may have been used as a place to bond by the London suicide nombers, investigators say
AP , BALA, WALES Thursday, Jul 28, 2005,Page 6
Whitewater rafting trips popular with corporate executives seeking team-building skills may have been used by London suicide bombers for just that purpose -- a fact that has led investigators to this Welsh town. Since photographs appeared showing at least two of the July 7 bombers shooting the rapids here -- with one flashing a victory or peace sign -- residents of this playground for rafters and fishermen have been coming to grips with the fact there may have been terrorists in their midst. Now, investigators are following up clues that the second wave of attackers who unsuccessfully tried to strike two weeks later had links to this same small town.
"They were up here for a bonding weekend to prostrate themselves over their bombs before they died," said innkeeper Richard Fullard, 62.
A restaurant operator in town, Ceri Williams, 55, said the pictures made her realize, "there are extremists everywhere."
Suspected suicide bombers Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shahzad Tanweer rode the rapids in a morning session at the Canolfan Tryweryn National Whitewater Center about a month before detonating explosives on the London subways in attacks that killed 55, including the four bombers.
The revelations have caused many to scratch their heads in this town of 2,000 -- a place where people take part in sheepherding contests and where the Celtic tones of Welsh are heard. The town is also known for the gwyniad, a prehistoric fish.
But that was before a June 4 rafting trip on the Tryweryn River in Snowdonia National Park gave this town another claim to fame. Many found it chilling that the bombers would go looking for a good time only weeks before what appeared to be a deadly mission.
Some terrorism experts, like Bruce Hoffman of the Rand Corp, said the trip might have been a business-like exercise in team-building -- an effort to help the group coalesce. In particular, he noted that the London attacks occurred almost simultaneously -- a factor which alone takes discipline and team effort.
"The business parallel explains a lot," Hoffman said. "Why not a corporate-building exercise like whitewater rafting?"
Magnus Ranstorp, at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, recalled that several of the attackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in the US visited Las Vegas in the weeks before flying passenger jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"Some had been drinking and carrying out, how shall I say it, `un-Islamic behavior,'" he said. "It's almost like a right to do something you wouldn't otherwise do before you depart."
A Canolyn Tryweryn official, Jon Gorman, said neither he nor anyone else remembered Khan and Tanweer as hundreds of rafters of all ethnic groups use the center daily. Many visitors are "young lads" looking for adventure -- "that doesn't make it an al-Qaeda training center," he said.
Gorman said police asked him not to discuss whether the boat on which Khan and Tanweer rode the rapids was comprised of people in a single group. He also declined to reveal who else was on the excursion, saying that he gave that information to the police after reviewing forms rafters sign giving emergency contact information.
Each trip costs £280 (US$490), which Gorman said is usually split by up to six or seven people on the boat, who travel with one instructor. Police have photographs of 18 men who booked three sessions on that day, another official at the center said.
Police have refused to comment on reports that a brochure from the center was found in an explosives-laden backpack that failed to detonate on a bus on July 21. But police have been combing the town to try to find out more, searching for anyone who might have known the bombers. They've asked to see the guest registers at some local inns for the weekend of June 4.
One hostel owner, Stella Shaw, said police were interested in six "Muslim" guests she had at her hostel on the night of June 6, but said she did not house either Khan nor Tanweer. And Fullard said the police came and looked at his books for that weekend as well -- even though he says he wouldn't take in a group of single men. But few in the town seem concerned that they are in any danger. If anything, many seemed defiant and unconcerned that anyone would associate Bala with the bombers.
"They've been and gone," said John Williams, 61, as his wife bustled about to take care of the lunch customers, "and they're not likely to come back anymore."
"...why were Tanweer and Mohammed Sidique Khan -- another July 7 bomber -- caught smiling on camera during a whitewater rafting trip a month before their deadly deed?
It seems incongruous that Khan would flash a photographer the "V" sign -- for victory -- as his boat was going down the rapids, weeks before he carried out a mass murder. That said, the image could help explain why others might have had difficulty identifying the existence and motives of this terrorist cell."
- Henry Schuster
Prime Minister Tony Blair was "shocked" to learn the bombers were born and raised in the UK, his official spokesman said. "But he is determined that we should take on this extremism," the spokesman added. "It is his view that this is not a problem that is limited to this country, but it is a symptom of a much bigger problem and we need to look at that.
"This problem didn't start in this society, in this country. It started beyond our shores."
[this is a lie]
The bombers appear to be the security services' worst nightmare, so-called "clean skins", apparently ordinary young men who were below the intelligence radar. Detectives are working furiously piecing together their lives as neighbours in West Yorkshire told of their shock that suicide attackers had been living in their midst.
Like Tanweer, Khan seemed an unlikely suicide bomber. Friends said he was married with an eight-month-old baby girl and that he worked with disabled children in a primary school. Hussain lived with his parents and neighbours said he had become "very religious" two years ago.
When he left his home last Thursday morning, with only a few hours to live, he had told his parents he was going to London for the day with friends.
Suicide bombers' 'ordinary' lives
Three young men from West Yorkshire were killed in last Thursday's bomb blasts in London. Initially they would have been treated as victims, now it is widely accepted they are the perpetrators of Britain's first suicide bombing.
MOHAMMAD SIDIQUE KHAN, 30, FROM DEWSBURY
Mohammad Sidique Khan had lived in the Beeston area of Leeds until recently, when he moved to Lees Holm in Dewsbury. He is believed to have been married with a very young daughter, with newspapers naming his wife as teacher Hasina Khan. The 30-year-old had been a teaching assistant at Hillside Primary School in Leeds since 2002. Parents at the school told the BBC the teaching assistant had been highly regarded by both children and parents.
"He was a good man, quiet," said one parent, speaking outside the school.
"When I told my daughter she said 'no, he can't do something like that'. I had to go and buy the paper and show her."
Another parent, Sharon Stevens, told the Press Association how he had been a "big supporter" of pupils and parents.
"He was really understanding and he did work for the children and parents."
During its last Ofsted inspection in 2002, the school's learning assistants had been singled out for special praise in dealing with a transient pupil population from a socially deprived area. Mohammad Sidique Khan spoke about his work to the Times Educational Supplement at the time. "A lot of [the pupils] have said this is the best school they have been to," he said.
He added he believed it would be years before government regeneration cash could transform the deprived Beeston area of Leeds.
Neighbours told how he was not well-known in the Dewsbury Muslim community, but they believed he was a "very pleasant" person. One neighbour said: "He didn't seem to be an extremist. He was not one to talk about religion. He was generally a very nice bloke."
Despite the tributes, Mohammad Sidique Khan detonated enough explosives on a Circle Line train to kill seven people. Documents belonging to him were found near the Edgware Road blast.
Mo was as gentle as a lamb
I grew up and lived in the Beeston area of Leeds up until 4 years ago.
I went to the same school as Mohammed Sidique Kahn, and one could say I knew him fairly well. When you grow up with someone you usually know what type of person they are, you can feel if something maligne lies within.
Mo was as gentle as a lamb, in my experience the man could not harm a fly let alone commit these atrocities. Something is seriously wrong here.
I am travelling to Leeds in a little over a week to visit friends and family, a holiday Ive had booked for sometime now but no doubt will be tarnished by this event. I'll drop you a line with the local gossip maybe someone saw something or heard something unusual.
I've been a long time fan of your work and find your research compelling, Let's bring these bastards down!
Peace and love to you and your family
[e-mail to David Icke.com]
HASIB MIR HUSSAIN, 18, FROM LEEDS
Teenager Hasib Hussain had been known as a tearaway during his early teens. Hasib Hussain became devoutly religious after a trip to Pakistan Newspapers reported how he would start fights with fellow pupils at the Matthew Murray Secondary school in Leeds. He left school in July 2003 without attaining a single GCSE.
Around this time, he was sent to Pakistan to visit relatives. He also went on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, grew a beard and began to wear robes. Despite becoming devoutly religious, he was arrested for shoplifting during 2004. Neighbours said the 18-year-old had lived all his life in Colonso Mount in the Holbeck area of Leeds. One neighbour described the family as "very nice people".
He said: "We all knew them but I wouldn't say I knew them well. They were just a very nice family."
Hasib Hussain had told his family he was going on a trip to London to visit friends. But when he failed to return on Thursday, his parents reported him as missing to police. He had in fact boarded the No 30 bus in London armed with enough explosives to rip the double-decker apart, killing 13 people.
His driving licence and cash cards were found in the mangled wreckage of the bus.
SHEHZAD TANWEER, 22, FROM LEEDS
Shehzad Tanweer, 22, was born in Bradford but lived most of his life in the Beeston area of Leeds - little over half a mile from his friend, Hasib Hussain. Shehzad Tanweer was born in Bradford and brought up in Leeds He was a sports science graduate whose interests included cricket and ju-jitsu. In 2004, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and cautioned.
Newspapers quoted friends who said Mr Tanweer was quiet and very religious but did not express an interest in politics. The Daily Mail reported he had been to an Islamic study camp in Pakistan at the start of the year. His father, of Pakistani origin, owns a fish and chip shop near their home on Colwyn Road. His uncle, Bashir Ahmed, 65, said the family was "shattered" by the revelation that he appeared to have been involved.
"He was proud to be British," he said. "He had everything to live for. His parents were loving and supportive. "He was a very kind and calm person. He was respected by everyone."
Neighbours described the graduate, who studied at Leeds Metropolitan University, as a "good Muslim". Others said he was a "nice lad" who could "get on with anyone".
Yet Shehzad Tanweer detonated a bomb on a Circle Line train between Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations which killed seven people, including himself, and injured over 100 more.
LINDSEY GERMAINE, FROM AYLESBURY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Police sources have said the fourth suicide bomber was a Jamaican-born British resident named Lindsey Germaine. He is understood to have been living at a house in Northern Road, Aylesbury that police raided on Wednesday night. Little is known of his background and sources say confirmation of his identity may depend on DNA analysis. He is thought to be responsible for the Russell Square Underground bomb, where 21 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds more injured.
Some of the remains of the dead are still to be recovered.
Samantha Lewthwaite, the wife of the Jamaican suspect, told The Sun newspaper she refused to believe her husband was among the bombers "until they have his DNA."
"He wasn't the sort of person who'd do this. I won't believe it until I see proof," she said. The newspaper said Lewthwaite was pregnant with the couple's second child and under police protection.
In Kingston, Jamaica, a man who said he was Lindsay's father told radio station RJR he had not seen his son since the boy visited Jamaica when he was 11-years-old.
"He was quiet and calm and has his head screwed on," Nigel Lindsay said. "This was quite a surprise to me."
Nigel Lindsay said he lost contact with his son over the years but the two began having weekly phone conversations in 2004. In one conversation, the younger Lindsay confided that he had become a Muslim, the father said. He added that he had lost contact with his son two months ago. - helenair.com
Wearing a traditional Islamic robe and veil over her face, Maryam McLeod, mother of accused London bomber Jermaine Lindsay, speaks during a news conference in St. George's, Grenada, Thursday, July 21, 2005. McLeod, 39, tearfully described Lindsay as "the best son I could have ever hoped for" and said she won't accept his guilt without proof. (AP Photo/Harold Quash)
Mother of bomb suspect denies his guilt
12:15 AEST Fri Jul 22 2005 AP - The mother of suspected London bomber Germaine Lindsay has tearfully described him as a good son and said she would not accept his guilt without proof.
Maryam McLeod, wearing a traditional Islamic robe and veil over her face during a news conference in Grenada, called the July 7 bombings "horrific" and said she's struggling to cope.
"I need evidence to believe that my baby could ever harm anyone, let alone kill, injure and traumatise a community," McLeod said. "I am still in shock and know not how to grieve for my son," she added. "Therefore, I grieve first for the victims, ones who are dead and ones who are alive. May Allah forgive our living and our dead and have mercy upon us all."
British police said Lindsay died in the worst of the suicide attacks - a train bomb that killed at least 26 people between King's Cross and Russell Square stations. McLeod, who, like her son, is a Jamaican-born British citizen, was accompanied by her lawyer and Grenadian husband. At times, she sobbed quietly while speaking of her 19-year-old son, who she said preferred to be called Jamal.
"Jamal ... was the best son I could have ever hoped for," she said. "I respected and admired him so very much because he was so responsible when I last saw him in 2004." McLeod did not elaborate about her last meeting with her son.
She said Lindsay had been a loving father and husband and called their shared Islamic faith "a religion of peace and justice".
"It is a balanced religion that does not condone or entertain extremism," she said. "Extremism is a newly invented matter and all newly invented matters lead to the hell's fire."
Britain's Sunday Times newspaper has reported that US intelligence officials had warned Britain that Lindsay was on a terrorist watch list but that the British domestic intelligence service, MI5, failed to monitor him.
Fifty-six people, including Australian man Sam Ly, died and about 700 others were injured in the morning rush-hour attacks on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus. McLeod said her family was cooperating with authorities and asked the media to allow her to "grieve peacefully".
Lindsay's father, Nigel Lindsay, lives in Jamaica and said last week he had not seen his son since he visited the Caribbean island when he was 11.
'Arson' on suicide bomber's home
Fri 22 Jul 2005 - 12:31pm (UK) - An area around the home of suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay has been sealed off after an apparent attempt to burn down the building.
Thames Valley Police said officers were called to Northern Road in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, after reports of a strong smell of petrol in the street.
Police said a substance thought to be petrol or diesel had been located and the area sealed off with houses adjoining Lindsay's former home evacuated.
My brother the fanatic
Published: 16 Jul 2005 By: Channel 4 News - Channel Four News has tracked down the half-sister of the London bomber who she still knows as Jermaine Lindsay.
He liked rap music and helped with her homework: but when he was fifteen he converted to Islam and everything changed.
In her first broadcast interview, she tells us how her brother started to isolate himself after his conversion - and was only interested in Islam.
She's now struggling to come to terms with his role in the atrocity. Nineteen-year-old Lindsay - who unlike the other three bombers was born in Jamaica - may have played a key co-ordinating role.
It's believed he carried out the attack on the Piccadilly line between Kings Cross and Russell Square. Twenty six people are known to have died in this- the deadliest blast. - Channel 4
words simply fail me concerning the story below:
Bomber was Huddersfield drug dealer
Aug 8 2005 - By Anne-Marie Bradley, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
BRITAIN'S deadliest suicide bomber dealt drugs on the streets of Huddersfield, it was said today. Former addict Juliet Davidson has revealed how she used to buy heroin and crack cocaine from teenage bomber Jermaine Lindsay in Dalton. The single mother - who has been free from drugs for three years - said she was shocked to discover her former dealer was at the centre of the London terrorist attacks. Lindsay was the terrorist who carried a bomb on to a Tube train at Kings Cross on July 7, killing 26 people.
Juliet said: "I was absolutely gobsmacked. "I could have understood him attacking someone, but not a bomb. "I never thought he would have killed himself like that."
Juliet, 26, first met Lindsay - known to her as G - five years ago outside a row of shops in Harp Inge, Dalton. He was just 14 at the time and a student at Rawthorpe High School.
She said: "He used to hang around and when I was going there to score one day he asked me to get my drugs off him. "I used to get heroin and crack cocaine off him every day for about two years. "I saw him change a lot in the last year I was scoring.
"When I saw him wearing his Islam outfit I thought what's he up to?
"He was always going on about racism. "He thought all white people were trash and said he was going to get them all on drugs to kill them off. "I don't think he was into anything more himself than a bit of cannabis."
Juliet, formerly of Rawthorpe, said Lindsay also became more aggressive as time went on. She said: "He started getting arrogant and snapping at anything. "He once badly beat up someone I knew for just a fiver. "He looked down his nose at everybody. "I can't understand why people are saying he was a nice person. He wasn't."
Lindsay grew up in Huddersfield and went to Stile Common Infants School at Newsome and Rawthorpe Junior. Former classmates said he was a great guy before he converted to Islam when he was about 15. Lindsay married another convert to Islam, Samantha Lewthwaite, after meeting via an internet chatroom. The pair married in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where they set up home and had a child.
But they split after a row, just two days before Lindsay met three other suicide bombers - including Mohammed Sidique Khan, of Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury - and travelled to London on his murderous mission.
again: words simply fail me concerning the story below:
Jermaine's wife `thought he was having an affair'
Jul 29 2005 - By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
BRITAIN'S deadliest suicide bomber had been thrown out of his marital home just two days before he killed 25 people - because his wife believed he was having an affair. Jermaine Lindsay's behaviour had become increasingly erratic in the run-up to July 7 terrorist bombings. Just two days before he wreaked terrible devastation on unsuspecting commuters, his 21-year-old wife Samantha Lewthwaite, who was pregnant with the couple's second child, decided she had had enough.
She had no proof of an affair but believed he was acting oddly. He would secretly send text messages and disappear two or three times a week. After he left, his wife believed her marriage to be over.
It would be a week before it became clear that the "loving, family man" she lived with was one of the first wave of suicide bomber to attack London. The couple were from different worlds and a devotion to Islam was the thing which bound them together.
Middle-class Samantha, the son of a British soldier [note: eh? Samantha a son?], and Jermaine, the sporty former Rawthorpe High pupil, [note; 'sporty' is this a racist remark?] met on the internet. The pair, who had both recently converted to Islam, met in a chatroom. Their relationship moved on from emails to phone calls and the exchange of photographs.
They finally met in October 2002. They were married just minutes later. The ceremony in a faceless Aylesbury terraced house had just four witnesses - no family and friends. Samantha, 18, who had left the youthful atmosphere of her sixth form just months earlier, and Jermaine, 17, who had trained as a carpet fitter, promised themselves to each other. The `Al Nikah' ceremony had no legal status because it was not conducted in a mosque or a licensed place. But the couple asked for Allah's help and guidance before settling into what appeared to be a normal marriage.
"They were very happy", a friend said. "Sam had seen a picture of him and had been told a lot about him before the wedding. I was amazed that the union worked, but it did."
Less than three years later Samantha became a widow, Jermaine's name went down in infamy and Britain changed.
Samantha Lewthwaite was born just before Christmas 1983 in the market town of Banbridge in County Down. Banbridge was where her mother, Christine, had grown up and later married husband Andrew, a British soldier. The couple moved to England to set up home in Buckinghamshire. But after Samantha's two older siblings Allan and Sabrina were born the family moved back to Northern Ireland. The family was moved again, this time to Aylesbury when Samantha was two. Described as "carefree", Samantha was hit hard by her parents' separation when she was 11.
The youngster turned to Islam in multi-cultural Aylesbury. One of the final pictures of Samantha in `Western' clothes was at her prom aged 16. She danced the night away with teenage friends.
By 17 Samantha was wearing a jilbab - the long flowing gown that covers everything but the hands and face. She met Jermaine just a few months later. Jermaine had converted, along with his mother Maryam McLeod Ismaiyl, to Islam in 2000. He was born in Jamaica but moved to the UK when he was just a few months old. As a young man growing up in Rawthorpe he had been popular and well-liked. His best friend, Maz Milenovic, met him at a summer playscheme seven years ago. Mr Milenovic, said after Jermaine found Islam he became quieter and a deep thinker.
He added: "I remember hanging around at his house once and we were reading the Koran and talking about religion but he never preached to me. "He would talk about doing the right thing and living the right way."
Fellow pupils at Rawthorpe High spoke of a Jermaine who was keen to prove his worth and authority. Classmates talked about a Jermaine who used to compete in arm-wrestling contests and was a star in the soccer team. After leaving school Jermaine embarked on training and also explored deeper into his faith.
He used chatrooms to speak to other Muslims.
When Samantha and Jermaine first met on line no-one, inside or outside the marriage which would develop, could imagine his name would soon become synonymous with hate and fear. - ichuddersfield.icnetwork.co.uk
'Middle-class' Samantha Lewthwaite , the daughter of a British soldier who worked and lived in Northern Ireland...The family were 'moved to Ayelsbury' - by whom? The Army? Why?
Must be a co-incidence that the forces responsible for the MURDER of Jean de Menezes in Stockwell two weeks after the bombings on the 7th, were ex-members
of the DET 14th Intelligence - otherwise Known as the Force Reconaissence Unit, which has a history of Murder, infiltration & abuse in Northern Ireland.
Question: How 'Middle Class' were the Lewthwaite Family? Just how happy were Samanthas Parents about her relationship with Germaine Lindsay???
Did Daddy pull a few strings to finally get Germaine Lindsay, out of his daughters life?
Lindsay hardly seemed like a suicide attacker. He had a child with his wife Samantha Lewthwaite, a white Muslim convert, and by one account she might be pregnant with their second child. "She had a scan last week," claimed one friend.
Yesterday Lewthwaite said: "I never predicted or imagined that he was involved in such horrific activities. I am horrified by the atrocities."
- Times online
Truth? Some wouldn't know the meaning of the word...
London bombings: the truth emerges
By Jason Bennetto and Ian Herbert Published: 13 August 2005 [excerpt]
Intelligence officers now believe the four British-born suicide bombers - Shahzad Tanweer, 22, Hasib Hussain, 18. Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, and Germaine Lindsay, 19 - were probably organised and radicalised by the eldest bomber, Khan. The 30-year-old teaching assistant who, like Tanweer, spent three months in Pakistan before returning to Britain in February this year, may have been instructed in bomb-making techniques at a foreign camp. Alternatively it is thought that he could have been assisted in Britain or obtained information from the internet.
Senior police sources in West Yorkshire suggest that gyms and boxing clubs in Leeds - rather than mosques - were the key to the development of the young men into bombers.
It was at a gymnasium in Lodge Lane, Beeston, that Khan is thought to have begun radicalising the two younger Leeds-based men - Hussain and Tanweer.
Already an accomplished youth worker of 10 years' experience, he appears to have brought both Hussain and Tanweer to a gym established in the basement of the Hardy Street mosque, also in Beeston.
Khan was eventually forced to leave the gym at the Hardy Street and he set up another gym at the former Hamara youth centre in Lodge Lane, where he was noted for not allowing adults in while the boys were training. One of the remaining mysteries of the July 7 bombings is the link between Lindsay and the other three attackers. Lindsay hailed from Huddersfield, 20 miles away and, unlike Tanweer and Khan, he was not known to Hussain's family. Yet Lindsay's telephone number was stored in Hussain's mobile. Evidence of a recent link between Lindsay and Hussain is provided by Mr Nashar, who described how he and Lindsay met last October at the Leeds Grand Mosque, five miles from Beeston, where Lindsay had asked him to find him somewhere to live. He says he introduced Lindsay to the flat that eventually became the attackers' bomb factory.
* A memorial service for the victims of the July 7 bombings will be held at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 1 November. Independent
A video grab from Al Jazeera television aired on September 1, 2005, shows a man believed to be one of the July 7 London suicide bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30. Al Jazeera said the tape contained the will of Khan, in which he blamed the attacks on Britain's support for the war on Iraq and Western "tyrants". At least two groups linked to al Qaeda have already claimed responsibility for the July 7 suicide bombings on London's transport system which killed 52 people. REUTERS/Al Jazeera TV via REUTERS TV see: London Bombings Claims of responsibility
Friends claim Khan's statement was faked
Old and young refuse to accept youth worker's role in attack
Sandra Laville - Saturday September 3, 2005 The Guardian
Five young men sit in their cars on Maud Avenue in the early evening sunshine. Opposite, in Cross Flats park, another group of teenagers kicks a ball around a purpose-built football pitch designed to keep the young people of the deprived Leeds suburb of Beeston off the streets.
Their personal memories of Mohammad Sidique Khan, brought up like them in a rundown, redbrick terrace perched on a hill overlooking the affluent city centre, were stronger than ever yesterday. They knew Khan as a youth leader, a joker, a friend and a mentor. They had played football with him on the pitch opposite; across the main street, on the ground floor of the Hardy Street mosque, he had supervised and encouraged them as they trained in the boys-only gym.
One, who gave his name as Saj, had been on day trips quad biking with the 30-year-old youth worker - born to a foundry worker and educated at the local secondary school - who investigators believe was the recruiting sergeant and ringleader of the July 7 suicide attacks in London.
In the two months since Khan left his wife and young baby at their flat in Dewsbury, and led his three recruits, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Hasib Hussain, 18, and Germaine Lindsay, 19, to London to explode four bombs on the transport system, Saj and his friends have been living in denial.
"A lot of people loved him round here. I have known him all my life, he was a friend to everyone," said Saj. "He never talked of terrorism to me. I just don't accept that he or the others did this. I am suspicious of what the police say, there is no proof and look how they shot that Brazilian guy who was innocent."
Provided yesterday with what seemed to be evidence, the video statement of Khan apparently admitting his role in the bombings, his proteges were left confused. After watching it on Thursday night, Saj was one of the few young men to admit it was evidence of a kind. "That is proof I suppose. It just shows you doesn't it?"
His friends were less easy to persuade. Paranoid that their conversations were being recorded by MI5, none would give their names but their sentiments were clear. "It's a fake," said one. "Look at the way his lips were moving; they looked odd, the whole thing is a fake."
It is not just the young who need persuading. Many older men in the grid of potholed streets and boarded-up houses which back on to alleys where rubbish lies uncollected believe Khan, a dedicated teaching assistant at Hillside Primary school, is the victim of a conspiracy.
"It's crap," said Mohammed Afsal, a father of five and member of the Hardy Street mosque. "I know people can change in a second, but I can't say he is one of them. He taught my son, he was a very good teacher. He was never hardline - no one could say he was an extremist - he was peaceful and dedicated to the children. They all loved him."
The release of the video brought television satellite vans, a media pack and police vans back to Beeston yesterday after weeks in which the citizens have had what they say is "a little peace".
In the intervening period, the parents of Hussain and Tanweer have moved back, devastated, but attempting to get on with their lives. Khan's wife, Hasina Patel, who is expecting a baby, his young daughter and his mother-in-law, Farida Patel, are essentially living in hiding in Dewsbury, according to friends. "They will not be happy at all about this video," said one.
His parents, Tika Khan and Mamida Begum, have not been seen at their home in Nottingham since the police led them away in the aftermath of the bombings.
In Beeston, community leaders say they have spent the weeks urging parents to pay more attention to what their sons are doing. At Friday prayers each week, families are urged to look out for their young sons: the unspoken fear is that others may follow in Khan's footsteps. Afzal Choudhry, a youth worker who spent six months working with Khan in Beeston, hopes they will not. He said the video may have a positive impact in the long term, forcing young people to accept that he was involved. "It makes it more clear that he perpetrated these acts, it was definitely him, it was his voice and his face, that cannot be denied," he said.
Mr Choudhry believes it was only in the last five years that Khan became particularly religious. In the months before July 7, Khan had travelled to Pakistan with Tanweer and had also visited Afghanistan.
Police are investigating whether it was on this last trip that the attacks were planned. Like many people yesterday, Dr Hassan Akertib, from the Leeds Forum of Mosques, had to accept what police have been saying, that Khan was one of the suicide bombers.
His greatest fear now is that other young men may still be under Khan's spell. "This video will make some see him as a martyr, definitely," he said. "We are very concerned. We are trying to reach out to his circle of friends to find out what influence he still holds on them and to try and eradicate it."
Samantha Lewthwaite 'speaks out' for the first time?
Bomber's widow condemns attacks
7/7 bomber's widow speaks
23 September 2005, 13:02
The widow of one of the London suicide bombers has spoken publically for the first time about the incident.
In an interview with the Sun newspaper, Samantha Lewthwaite said that Jamaican-born Jermaine Lindsay was a peaceful, gentle family man when they met and married in Huddersfield.
However, shortly after they moved to Aylesbury, Lindsay met a group of men at a mosque in Luton and his character began to change radically. He disappeared for days at a time, visiting mosques around the country. She assumed that on 7th of July he was again visiting a mosque, and that her "world collapsed" when she was shown CCTV footage of Jermaine carrying one of the four bombs.
Ms. Lewthwaite said she condemned her husband's actions. Ms Lewthwaite now faces the prospect of two children to bring up alone - and eventually telling them what their father did. - ITV
Samantha Lewthwaite does a deal £30,000 with the Sun Newspaper?
and is smeared for it by another angle in the deception...
the game continues and she is a pawn in it..:
LINDSAY'S WIDOW 'IS MOTIVATED BY GREED'
Sue Carroll - Mirror
IT says something about the nature of the British people that after 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay slaughtered 26 people on a London Tube a wave of support went out to his wife.
The hapless Samantha Lewthwaite - an Islam convert - knew, it transpired, nothing of her husband's horrific plan. Pregnant with their second child and mother of a 17-month son, she appeared to be as much a victim of his religious fanaticism as the innocent souls blown up when he detonated his bomb.
On the face of it what else is there to feel for Samantha - just 21, betrayed by the man she loved and left to face an uncertain future - but pity?
Although she is guilty of no crime her name will always be associated with the most appalling act of infamy. Given that background, one might have assumed the sensible move would be to seek anonymity and pray for a peaceful existence.
Instead she has chosen to speak out - and, if it's true, was paid £30,000 to do so - then the grieving families of those people her husband murdered have every right to feel outraged.
Far from delivering an insight into the mind of a killer his deluded widow tells us he wasn't really bad at all. He was, she assures us: "A loving person who would harm nobody."
In short, her "naive and simple" husband was a bit of a victim himself and his misfortune was to fall in with a bad crowd at the mosque.
It strikes me that what she truly never knew was her husband. Wherever Lindsay's heart lay it was not with the children he cruelly abandoned. Or his wife. Meanwhile she says she will raise their son and daughter: "Knowing their father was a man who truly loved them."
If Samantha Lewthwaite had the vaguest idea of what love is she would be too broken, tormented, shamed and shocked to tell her story. - Mirror
BRITAIN: WIDOW OF LONDON BOMBER "ABHORS" ATTACK
London, 23 Sept. (AKI) - The Muslim convert widow of Jamaican-born 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay told the British tabloid The Sun her "naive and innocent" husband's mind had been "poisoned" by a London mosque, condemning his attack on a Tube train that killed 26 people as "abhorrent". Samantha Lewthwaite, who gave birth to Lindsay's son Ruqayyah 15 days ago, said her husband was "a peace-loving person who would harm nobody". She dreads the day that she will have to tell Ruqayyah and her other children "what their father did".
The couple married in 2002, before moving from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. After they moved, Lindsay, 19, changed from a "peaceful man who loved people" into someone, his wife said, she no longer knew. After he met a group of men at a prayer meeting last year, Lindsay began attending mosques around Britain, Lewthwaite said. "How these people could have turned him and poisoned his mind is dreadful," she said.
Lewthwaite, who is the daughter of a British soldier, reported her husband missing following the attacks. Her "world collapsed" when police later showed her CCTV footage of him on his way to carrying out his attack," she said.
The coordinated suicide bombings of London's transport system, carried out by Lindsay and 3 men of Pakistani descent, killed 56 people, including the four bombers. In a video released this week, al-Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, claimed responsibility for the "blessed" London attacks, saying they were targeted at "the arrogance of the Zionists and the British and American Crusaders."
At least two of the London bombers attended religious schools in Pakistan, but Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf has denied any of the bombers - the oldest of whom was 30 - was radicalised in Pakistan, saying their "mindset changed in the UK."
As part of a post-7/7 move to stamp out radical preaching in mosques, Britain's interior minister Charles Clarke has offered 7.4 million euros over the next 18 months, to fund the country's first-ever national multi-sectarian council of imams and mosques, to nurture moderate, homegrown imams. Britain's 1,400 mosques are currently run by an 'old guard' of ovewhelmingly elderly and foreign-born men.- adnki.com
Note: Samantha Lewthwaite has been kept in a 'safe house'
for her own protection - kept by whom?
Are these elements really forcing her to do these Public Relations exercises
as a condition of her continued well-being?
London bomber buried in Pakistan
London bomber buried in Pakistan
The remains of one of the four London suicide bombers have been buried in Pakistan, the country's interior minister has said.
The remains of Shehzad Tanweer, 22, were flown in by his parents on Wednesday and buried on Thursday in Punjab province, Aftab Sherpao said.
More than 50 people died in the attacks on four sites in London on 7 July.
Pakistan cracked down on extremists after it was shown at least of the two bombers had visited the country.
London's Metropolitan Police said they would not comment on the matter.
Tanweer's remains were buried near his ancestral town of Samundari after being flown from London to Lahore, Mr Sherpao said.
Residents said the burial had been arranged by Tanweer's uncle, Tahir Pervaiz.
Mr Pervaiz told Reuters: "The burial has taken place."
One resident told the agency 100 to 150 people attended a quiet funeral in the compound of a local Islamic saint's shrine.
British police say Tanweer killed seven people when he detonated a bomb at London's Aldgate underground station.
They say the other attacks were carried out by Mohammed Sidique Khan, Germaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain.
Pakistan has confirmed that Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer arrived in Pakistan last year and left together after spending three months in the country.
After the bombings, President Pervez Musharraf said all foreign students at madrassas, or religious schools, some 1,400 pupils, had to leave the country.
Shehzad Tanweer was one of three bombers who staged a dummy run
He also ordered all madrassas to register with the authorities by the end of the year.
Hundreds of suspected extremists were also arrested.
The president also vowed to crack down on anti-Western hate speeches in mosques or in recordings. - BBC
Shehzad Tanweer : Aged 22, born Bradford, lived Beeston, Leeds. Studied religion in Pakistan. Forensic evidence linking him to Aldgate blast.
Mohammad Sidique Khan: Aged 30, from Beeston, Leeds, recently moved to Dewsbury, married with baby. ID found at Edgware Road blast site.
Hasib Mir Hussain: Aged 18, lived Holbeck, Leeds. Reported missing on day of bombings. Said to have turned very religious two years ago. ID found in No 30 bus.
Germaine Lindsay: Jamaican-born man living in Buckinghamshire. Believed to have carried out King's Cross attack.
A Scary Headline quickly contradicted by the first line
Jihad videos left in mosques in tube bomber's town
Martin Wainwright - Thursday November 10, 2005 - The Guardian
Police are investigating claims that tapes and DVDs inciting Muslims to violence were left at mosques in the town where one of the July 7 bombers lived during last weekend's Eid celebrations. Detectives from the West Yorkshire force are examining a videotape handed in by worshippers in Dewsbury, who were concerned that young people were being targeted by the anonymous drop at two mosques in the Savile Town area.
The tape is understood to show scenes of violence against Muslims, including footage of funeral processions and burials from Iraq overlaid by verses from the Qur'an. Along with others, it was left with genuine religious material at the mosque's reception area in sleeves allegedly disguised to suggest that the contents were celebratory sermons and texts.
Residents have experienced repeated fears of violence since Mohammad Sidique Khan, a 30-year-old with a young daughter, was identified as the bomber who killed himself and six others on a Circle line train at Edgware Road station in London. He left a video message to be broadcast after his death, saying he was "at war and a soldier" inspired by Osama bin Laden and the Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Khan, who had worked at a primary school in Beeston, Leeds, close to the homes of two of the other July 7 bombers, lived further out of Dewsbury in the suburb of Thornhill Lees. But the whole of the town's British Asian community has been affected by the fallout from the tragedy and the police investigation into Khan's movements and associates.
Safiq Patel, a resident and journalist for Yorkshire Asian News, said worshippers at the mosques in South Street had picked up the tapes thinking them to be prayer material. They had been disturbed by the "jihad contents" which appeared on their screens instead.
He said: "It is someone trying to drum up violence, especially among the younger members of the community. Somebody is trying to infiltrate their consciences, decision-making and values in the hope of perhaps recruiting the terrorists of the future from this community."
Senior officers from West Yorkshire police put out a message of reassurance in Dewsbury yesterday afternoon, repeating previous statements aimed at maintaining calm.
A spokeswoman for the force said: "Members of the local Asian community brought this matter to our attention. We have received a copy of a video which is currently being looked at. The inquiry is at an early stage." - guardian
Revealed: How suicide bomber used to work for the Government
By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent - Published: 11 March 2006
His raging hatred for the West, in a video justifying the London suicide bombings, has made him seem the most transparent of the four men who detonated bombs in rucksacks and killed 52 others on 7 July.
But Mohammad Sidique Khan's extraordinary and rapid transition from law-abiding citizen to terrorist is revealed in documents showing he used to work for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), helping promote British firms overseas. He also helped Leeds police deal with confrontations between rival gangs of youths.
Leeds education authority's personnel file on Khan, obtained by The Independent under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, shows details of his work for the DTI's export arm in Yorkshire in the mid-1990s, when Britain was seeking more trade links with Asia.
But the investigations reveal that Khan lied on his CV about the seniority of his role at the DTI, which escaped the Leeds primary school that hired him on the basis of it. But he did help in the government-led drive to get more trade missions off the ground between 1995 and 1996.
Khan prospered as a primary school learning mentor, and his file provides the first real sense of the charisma and empathy with young people which enabled him ultimately to recruit fellow suicide bombers Shahzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain. But it also charts his sharp decline from 2003. Prolonged absences from school - when it is now known he was visiting Pakistan - were followed by an unexpected failure to return from extended sick leave in 2004.
He was told his pay was being stopped and he sent an undated typewritten letter to the headteacher, Sarah Balfour. "I'm sorry I've not been in touch for a while," he wrote. "A lot has happened in the last few months. There is no definite timeframe to when I will return. We are returning next week. Unfortunately this is a letter of resignation from my post."
Before Khan took his job with the DTI in August 1995, he had been on a trip to the US. Friends said he came back with cowboy boots and a leather jacket, telling his contemporaries he wanted a career in the US. He became an administration assistant with the Benefits Agency, which he said was dull. The DTI offered better prospects.
John Major's Conservative government had just published its Competitiveness White Paper which committed the DTI to boost overseas trade, in Asia among other places. Khan's role did not include "monitoring security" for visits by exporters to overseas British embassies, as he said on his CV. But his fluency in Urdu and Punjabi may have made him optimistic about his prospects of moving beyond his relatively lowly position.
Khan left to study at Leeds Metropolitan University in September 1996, and took a 2:2 in business management, his file reveals. He clearly believed his vocation lay in steering disenchanted youths away from crime. He took paid youth and community work from Leeds council while finishing his degree and juggled a job at a petrol station in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
The youth work was for a Saturday club affiliated to Leeds Community School, itself linked to the Iqra bookstore where police later found DVDs glorifying terrorism.
He wrote on his school job application: "As a youth worker I have had extensive experience in managing difficult children. I was approached by a member of the community who told me in confidence [that] his younger brother had been suspended from school and his parents were extremely upset. I began ... a discussion with the child [and] met his parents at their house and the situation was [resolved]."
Khan also detailed a "potentially dangerous" confrontation at a school. "I have an excellent rapport with the youth [community] so ... I targeted the ringleaders and spoke to them, calming them down and offering sympathy as well as empathy.
"We then approached the teachers and as a large group casually walked together up Beeston Hill which [defused] the situation." Associates of Khan have confirmed his role as an interlocutor between police and youths.
Khan also described his interventions in the case of a young heroin addict, his help in getting excluded children back into school and how he arbitrated in a dispute between rival gangs. "I feel patience and understanding comes through experience and maturity," he wrote. "I constantly analyse society and speak to people regarding current issues. I consider my ability to empathise with others and listen to their problems as well as offer viable solutions to be one of my strong assists."
Hillside Primary was obviously impressed, giving Khan several extensions to an initial £200-a-month contract. He also drove the school minibus.
Mrs Balfour, wife of the Labour MP John Trickett, valued him and allowed him paid special leave. "He was great with the children and they all loved him," she has said. "He did so much for them, helping and supporting them and running extra clubs and activities."
Khan's handwritten notes, which seem to be a part of his appraisals, reveal more. "I'm energetic, I [look for a] way of bettering things," he wrote. "Can build up trust and rapport with disillusion, understanding and empathy."
Khan clearly became disenchanted with the modest form of Islam practised by his father, Tika Khan, and stepmother, Mamida Begum. But in 1999 he had started frequenting the mosque. His file shows the process to radical Islam had started by 2002, a year after he joined Hillside. He began taking leave on religious grounds.
He took more than two weeks in January/February 2002 for "Muslim religious obligation, Haj, pilgrimage" and a similar period for "religious observances" the next year. From November 2003, he took 18 months, costing his employer an estimated £6,000.
But the sharp decline came in September 2004 when he was signed off sick, first for three days, then a further 10 days, a further three weeks and another three weeks. He is believed to have cited depression.
On 9 December 2004, after 10 weeks of absence began, Mrs Balfour told her personnel department in an "urgent" memo: "Sidique Khan should have provided the school with a sick note from November 22. Despite several letters reminding him of the school's sickness-reporting procedures he has failed to provide a sick-note. I request you to stop [his] pay."
Three days before, Khan had flown to Pakistan via Istanbul with Shahzad Tanweer. A week later, they took a train to Lahore then Faisalabad, and disappeared, Pakistani security officers said. They surfaced in Britain on 8 February.
MI5 believes they met Muslim extremists during the visit. Khan died, killing seven others, when he detonated his bomb at Edgware Road station on 7 July. - independent.co.uk