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Old 07-12-2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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It is "highly likely" one of the Tube attackers died in the strikes on the Underground network - but Sky News has been told all the men were probably suicide bombers.

Sky News correspondent Martin Brunt said senior anti-terror police were working on the assumption the men were suicide bombers and had died in the explosions - and were probably British nationals.

The suspected bombers travelled down from West Yorkshire and met at Kings Cross station shortly before the attacks were launched on Thursday morning, police said at a press conference.

Their images were captured by CCTV cameras.

Personal documents have been found at all four bomb scenes and although the four attackers are thought to have died police were careful not to say whether Britain had suffered its first suicide bomb strike.

Police said there was forensic evidence that meant it was "very likely" the bomber responsible for the train explosion at Aldgate died there.

One of the four men had been reported missing by his family on the day of the attacks and his property was found at the bus blast scene.

The second man's property was found at the scene of the Aldgate blast and the third man's property at both the Aldgate and Edgware Road blasts.

One man has been arrested in west Yorkshire in connection with the attacks and will be questioned in London.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland's Yard anti-terrorist branch, said: "The investigation quite early led us to have concerns about the movement and activities of four men, three of whom came from the West Yorkshire area.

"We are trying to establish their movements in the run-up to last week's attack and specifically to establish whether they all died in the explosions. We executed six warrants under the Terrorism Act at premises in the West Yorkshire area.

"These included the home addresses of three of the four men. A detailed forensic examination will now follow and this is likely to take time to complete."

He continued: "We know that all four of these arrived in London by train on the morning. We have identified CCTV footage showing the four men at King's Cross Station shortly before 8.30am on that morning, July 7.

"One of them who had set out from West Yorkshire was reported missing by his family to the casualty bureau on July 7. We have been able to establish that he was joined on his journey to London by three other men. We have since found personal documents bearing the names of three of those four men close to the seats of three of the explosions.

"As regards to the man who is missing, some of his property was found on the route 30 bus in Tavistock Square. Property of a second man was found at the scene of the Aldgate bomb and in relation to a third man property with his name was found at the Aldgate and Edgware Road bombs.

"We have strong forensic evidence that it is very likely that one of the men from West Yorkshire died at the explosion at Aldgate."

Sky News terror expert Steve Park said the documents may have been deliberately planted to "send police the wrong way".

Meanwhile, police have raided the homes of three of the four men in West Yorkshire along with three other houses in Leeds.,00.html

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How do you know it's a suicide bomber and not a bomb that exploded prematurely, killing one of them, say on his way to a dropoff point?

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In response to anitram I think that the investigators would be looking at the trigger mechanism of the bomb as well as the modus operandi of Islamist terrorrism, one of the few movements not just too use human bombs but embrace them (not literally) as a tactic.

Meanwhile two people have been named as suspects
A British teenager and his friend - a 22-year-old son of Yorkshire fish and chip shop owners - have been named as two of four suspected London suicide bombers.

The Times newspaper named two of the dead suspected bombers as Hasib Hussein, 19, and Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Britons of Pakistani origin who lived in Leeds. The two other bombers, whom it did not name, had similar backgrounds, the paper said ...

The paper said Hussein had gone “a bit wild” as a younger teenager, but had became devoutly religious about 18 months ago.

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Originally posted by anitram
How do you know it's a suicide bomber and not a bomb that exploded prematurely, killing one of them, say on his way to a dropoff point?
Evidence of detonation devices. A drop off bomb requires some timing device or remote detonation device. A suicide bomber can simply push a button.

It is too early to conclusively call this a suicide bombing.
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