July 21 bombers guilty of London terror plot

Three men who attempted to detonate homemade bombs on the London transport network on July 21, 2005, have been convicted of conspiracy to murder.

Muktar Said Ibrahim, the alleged leader of the group, Yassin Omar and Ramzi Mohammed were found guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court after a six-month trial.

The court had heard how it was mere “good fortune” the devices packed with shrapnel did not detonate, potentially killing dozens of commuters and the bombers themselves.

The jury has yet to reach verdicts on the three remaining defendants in the trial: Hussain Osman, Adel Yahya and Manfo Asiedu.

They all deny charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions, claiming the devices were not intended to go off and were meant as a protest against the Iraq war.

The court had heard how the gang allegedly used explosives made of hydrogen peroxide and chapatti flour in an attempt to kill innocent people on three London buses and a Tube train.

Omar’s one-bedroom flat in New Southgate, north London, was the alleged bomb factory.

The failed attack came exactly two weeks after the July 7 attacks on London, which left 56 people dead.

But the prosecution alleged during the trial that the second attack was a long time in the planning and no copy-cat attack.

Ibrahim visited Pakistan at the same time as two of the July 7 bombers, allegedly learning from Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shezhad Tanweer how to make homemade bombs.

The court heard how the British authorities had only ever come across improvised explosive devices made from hydrogen peroxide and organic substances on two occasions: July 7 and July 21.

Five members of the July 21 gang armed themselves with devices, the court heard. One lost his nerve but four men tried to detonate their bombs, it is alleged.

The jury has been sent back out to consider their verdicts on Osman, Yahya and Asiedu. The judge told them today that he would accept 10-2 majority verdicts.

Ibrahim, 29, is from Stoke Newington, north London, while Omar, 26, is from New Southgate, north London, and Mohammed, 25, is from North Kensington.

Osman, 28, and Asiedu, 33, are of no fixed address, while Adel Yahya, 24 is from Tottenham.

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Telegraph, UK
July 9, 2007
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