London bomber's widow among new arrests over massacre

  1. London bomber's widow among new arrests over massacre

    By Robin Millard AFP - 32 minutes ago
    LONDON (AFP) - Anti-terror police arrested four more suspects Wednesday over the July 2005 suicide attacks in London, including the widow of one of the bombers who killed 52 people.
    Police sources said Hasina Patel, 29, the widow of bombers' ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan, was arrested by anti-terror police in an early morning raid.
    Her brother Arshad Patel and two other men, named by sources as Khalid Khaliq and Imran Motala, were also detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.
    The raids took place in or around Leeds, where five houses were being searched, and in Birmingham.
    The BBC reported that Khaliq was from the same street in Beeston, Leeds, as Khan's fellow suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer. Three of the four July 7 attackers had links to Beeston and Dewsbury.
    The investigation into the bombings, which killed 56 people, seems to be gathering pace as three men last month became the first people to appear in court over the blasts.
    Mohammed Shakil, 30, Sadeer Saleem, 26, and Waheed Ali, 23, all from Beeston, appeared at London's Central Criminal Court charged with conspiring with the bombers to cause explosions.
    They appeared via a video link from prison on April 20 and were remanded in custody until June 8.
    The suspects arrested Wednesday were taken to a central London police station for interviews in custody by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.
    "This was a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation," a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
    Since the attacks, "detectives have continued to pursue many lines of inquiry both here in the UK and overseas," he added.
    "This remains a painstaking investigation with a substantial amount of information being analysed and investigated.
    "We are determined to follow the evidence wherever it takes us to identify any other person who may have been involved, in any way, in the terrorist attacks."
    The police and the security services have faced recent criticism over their handling of the attacks.
    A BBC television programme claimed last week that links were missed between Khan and Tanweer and those recently convicted for a fertiliser bomb plot.
    Security service agents observed Khan and Tanweer meeting the fertiliser plot ringleader Omar Khyam on numerous occasions in 2004.
    It was also claimed that Khan came to the attention of counter-terrorist police just five months before the London attacks.
    The Islamist extremist suicide bombers -- three Britons of Pakistani origin and one naturalised Jamaican -- detonated rucksack devices on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus.
    The attack, at the height of rush hour, was the worst-ever terrorist atrocity on British soil and the first such suicide attack in Europe.
    The bombings were followed exactly two weeks later by an alleged copycat attack which failed. Six men are currently on trial over that incident.
    The government's official narrative of the attacks released last year identified Beeston, and the social life around its mosques, youth clubs, gyms and Islamic bookshops, as a focal point for the bombers.

  2. What I don't like about that article is that it wasn't specific in saying whether or not she was involved.

    The people who were arrested were the widow of one of the bombers, the bomber's brother-in-law and two other people.

    I got the following information from another article:

    They are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, under the Terrorism Act 2000.

    A Met spokesman reissued an appeal for information about how the bombers - Khan, Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussein - were motivated and financed. "We need to know who else, apart from the bombers, knew what they were planning. Did anyone encourage them? Did anyone help them with money or accommodation?" the spokesman said.

    In Beeston, police officers were patrolling the streets. On Tempest Road, close to Tanweer's family home, an officer guarded the front door of an address while another stood guard in the back garden.

    West Midlands police said the 22-year-old man was arrested at 7.25am in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham and a full forensic search was being conducted at a house in the Handsworth area of the city.

    Last month, the first three people to be charged in connection with the London attacks appeared via video link before a judge at the Old Bailey. Mohammed Shakil, 30, Sadeer Saleem, 26, and Waheed Ali, 23, of Beeston, Leeds, are accused of conspiring with the four bombers to cause explosions.