Monday, July 11, 2005

London Bombing Investigation

The Times gives us a first glimpse into what the Scotland Yard investigations into last Thursday's bombing have yielded thus far:

A single bombmaker using high-grade military explosives is believed to be responsible for building the four devices that killed more than 50 people last week, The Times can reveal.

Similar components from the explosive devices have been found at all four murder sites, leading detectives to believe that each of the 10lb rucksack bombs was the work of one man. They also believe that the materials used were not home made but sophisticated military explosives, possibly smuggled into Britain from the Balkans.

“The nature of the explosives appears to be military, which is very worrying,” said Superintendent Christophe Chaboud, the chief of the French anti-terrorist police, who was in London to help Scotland Yard.

It is understood that the examination of the No 30 bus at Tavistock Square has yielded vital fragments that have sharpened the focus of the police inquiry. Forensic pathologists have been paying particular attention to the remains of two bodies found in the mangled wreckage of the double-decker.

A senior police source said: “There are two bodies which have to be examined in great detail because they appear to have been holding the bomb or sitting on top of it. One of those might turn out to be the bomber.” A decapitated head was found at the bus scene which has been, in Israeli experience, the sign of a suicide bomber.

It would be God-awful if terrorism, Intifada-style, reaches the West. Israel has learned to live with this sickening brand of terrorism, but is forced to build a wall to protect itself. In Israel's neighborhood, that might be the way to go. But don't expect New York, London and Paris to wall itself off anytime soon. However, this certainly isn't a good sign.


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