7/7 bombers received advice from Pakistan: report

Published: February 3, 2011
The wreckage of a London bus after the 7/7 bombing in Tavistock Square. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The wreckage of a London bus after the 7/7 bombing in Tavistock Square. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LONDON: The 7/7 London bombers received bomb-making advice and encouragement from an unknown person in Pakistan, revealed an inquest into the incident.

According to a report published in the Guardian, the bombers had received a number of calls on their cell phones from different public call boxes in Rawalpindi. Detective Sergeant Mark Stuart of the Metropolitan police told the inquest that the bombers are believed to have been guided because they had no knowledge of making bombs.

The first call was made from Rawalpindi on April 23 2005, followed by calls made between May and June. Another call was made on July 2, five days before the explosions.

Mohammed Sidique Khan, the leader of the bombers, did not make any calls to Pakistan, but received a number of calls, so that the identity of the man would not be revealed.

The unidentified man made one last call on July 7, five hours after the bombs had been detonated.

The bomber s had used 19 different pre-paid number during the planning and operation of the attack, changing numbers as the plan progressed into a new phase.

Four British men, Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Hasib Hussain, 18, and Jermaine Lindsay, 19, had detonated homemade bombs on three packed underground trains and a bus in the worst peacetime attacks in London, on July 7, 2005.

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  • vasanni
    Feb 3, 2011 - 4:13PM

    Doesnt surprise me a weebitRecommend

  • Robin
    Feb 3, 2011 - 5:41PM

    Old news; you know what they say about epicentre of terrorism has some truth to itRecommend

  • MilesToGo
    Feb 3, 2011 - 5:56PM

    This will cause more Pakistaniphobia in west.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Feb 3, 2011 - 6:17PM

    Epicentre of terrorism.Recommend

  • P
    Feb 3, 2011 - 6:20PM

    @vasanni: India has call centers for most back office operations, while Pakistan seems to have opened a back office for terrorism…Recommend

  • Obserber
    Feb 3, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Every one (Iran,India,US,France,Israel,UK too) blame To Pakistan.
    But Question is What is the people Pakistan think?
    According to a survey 65% men think Very good work & Allah will bless all of them.20% think good work,10% think bad.& only 5% think Allah created “Muslim” a peaceful human not terrorist.
    IF the survey is true then Pakistan is in very large problem & if the tradition go on then Pakistan will be a “Epicenter of Terrosim “(Mueller) in future.
    It is on the Pakistan’s people to choose the path.Recommend

  • 2 days ago
    Feb 3, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Bombers selected the best place for advice. .nothing new abt the newsRecommend

  • Moise
    Feb 3, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Well the bus received order from security agencies in London to move to the area which was away from its route to a specific place. You can go to London and check the bus stops there that the exploded bus number cannot be found on any bus stop near the bomb site.

    Watch documentary terror storm by Alex Jone on Google Video for free to learn about false flag operations especially this one.Recommend

  • Dr Dev Mishra
    Feb 3, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Sadly, from Ramji Yousef in the early nineties, to 9/11 Khalid Sheikh, to the 7/7 lineage, to numerous attacks in India (Kasab being the latest)- most terror trails HAVE led to Pakistan.
    We Indians should NOT gloat here, but we should try and present solutions. I am lost- until and unless the Pakistanis themselves realise that there is a vicious undercurrent in their society which propogates blood curdling hatred for the Hindu, Jew and the American, and locally against the Ahmadiya and the Shias- nothing will be achieved.

    So come on Pakistani friends, change your mindset drastically and set your house in order. What happens in Kashmir or Palestine, is bluntly speaking, none of your business. You have the best wishes of all Indians in a deep cleanse of your society, and I look forward to the day when you could simply book a vacation in Goa and just fly over without a visa, and I could do the same in Gilgit.

    But that is a long time away. For now, this green passport is looked at throughout the world with some suspicion and alarm. Peace, did not wish to offend.
    Dr Dev Mishra, UK and IndiaRecommend

  • J Oberoi
    Feb 3, 2011 - 8:02PM

    @Moise, are you saying that this is another conspiracy? Your idol Zaid Hamid definitely thinks so. It would have been a surprise if any incident of this nature did not have a Pakistani connection. Recommend

  • Rajat
    Feb 3, 2011 - 8:24PM

    @vasanni @Robin @ashok sai

    Unwanted comments guys…. Keep it down.Recommend

  • Umer Farooq
    Feb 3, 2011 - 8:41PM

    @Dr Dev Mishra:
    Thank you Dr..You are doing something we need to do. The thing is that we (Pakistan and India) have elements inside our rows and columns that are continuously disturbing the peaceful environment of the Sub-continent,, Aisa is becoming the future Investment hub.. ofcorx India is becoming the next to china and Russia, i my self am happy,, coz people would become self sufficient,, they would get jobs,,lives would change,,,
    i wont go into debate,, but being a Journalist,, especially from Peshawar,, it seems that we people are going back… why India and Pakistan only??? for how long??? why cant we live in peace..??? life is just 60 years,,30 year night, we sleep,,,till 22 years of age, we depend upon our family.. DEarrrr,, We live only 8 years of life…
    Just live and Let others live.. :)Recommend

  • sundar
    Feb 3, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Agree 100%. As Dr. Misra said I don’t think gloating helps anybody. I do hope, if not today, eventually majority of the Pakistanis realize the happening and look to change their outlook. Extremists in any society is a cancer and needs to be responded accordingly. Recommend

  • balochfreedom
    Feb 4, 2011 - 12:19AM

    pakistan is paying for its sins against balochis Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 4, 2011 - 1:50AM

    Funny isn’t it, we have been reduced to such a despicable state by these so called religious men who twisted and abused religion to their liking. The great ‘Jihad’ fought against the Soviets and earlier pandering to the Mullahs has damaged Islam and Pakistan adversely.

    This is why religion should never be used for political or strategic gains, it should remain a private matter and Jinnah clearly indicated so.

    But what is done is done, the nation is at crossroads, eliminate this menace in our midst, this ideology and thrive or die a slow death, eaten from with in.

    But Indians are happy, one guy even mentioned Ramzi Yusuf and his cousin Khalid Sheikh, supposedly all the terror attacks are being traced to Pakistan. I guess he forget the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and other places where terror has emanated from.

    Its a matter of celebration for them, the nation they fight against is slowly being killed by the same menace that cursed this nation and its founder.

    Its never too late though, things can change and will change. Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 4, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Btw, try and post a slightly negative comment on an Indian website, it does not get published, even a positive comment from a Pakistani does not go through.

    But on Pakistani websites, not only are they allowed to express themselves but most allow them the opportunity to do so and they can even blurb out their most offensive point of view.

    Well they can enjoy all this while it lasts because knowing history, things can change very quickly.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:42AM

    This news was bound to come. Pakistan has in custody an American killer. This is pressure tactic. Good thing courts banned his extradition.Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:25AM

    It is all a giant conspiracy to besmirch the fair name of Pakistan. Every Pakistan knows that no Moslem will ever do such a thing. Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:26AM

    In fact it is Indian conspiracy, as red buses like the one shown are only found in Calcutta.Recommend

  • Moise
    Feb 4, 2011 - 8:47AM

    J Oberoi instead of accusing it as conspiracy theory why dont you do explain these things?

    Why there was a mock drill planned by security agencies that involved blowing up buses in London on that same day
    Bombing Mastermind Aswat Works for MI-6 by Kurt Nimmo Global Research, August 3, 2005
    3.Mossad warning to Israeli PM before blast to aovid event near the bombing
    Check London 30 bus routes and tell me where can you find Tavistock Square or BMA Building or Upper Wobum.

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:46AM

    I guess in democracies, you have crazies who always come up with an alternate theory to everything. Example: US never landed humans on the moon, 9/11 was a CIA job, Mumbai attacks and now the London attacks. There’s nothing new here.

    You chose to subscribe to the the alternate viewpoint and took it as gospel. Others might find it ridiculous. My point is, Pakistan is not important enough for other nations to sacrifice innocent citizens over. What have they gained in pinning this on Pakistan?
    Is Pakistan also doing the same? Are they killing their own people in NWFP and blaming it on CIA drones? Sounds ridiculous, right?Recommend

  • Balwinder Sandhu
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Talha, my friend, thank you for your comments. Please allow me to correct you. I read HT, TOI and IE regularly, and ALL these Indian newspapers allow Pakistani contributors. Yes, if contributions are abusive, they are blocked.

    Secondly, you stated- But Indians are happy, one guy even mentioned Ramzi Yusuf and his cousin Khalid Sheikh, supposedly all the terror attacks are being traced to Pakistan. I guess he forget the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and other places where terror has emanated from.

    Surely, friend you would acknowledge that in many instances, like 7/7 bombers lineage, there is a Pakistani link as well. I can understand your pain my friend, but you need to acknowledge the truth. Pl read carefully what Dr Mishra said above, he must be an Indian and yet you could learn something from him-
    What happens in Kashmir or Palestine, is bluntly speaking, none of your business. You have the best wishes of all Indians in a deep cleanse of your society, and I look forward to the day when you could simply book a vacation in Goa and just fly over without a visa, and I could do the same in Gilgit.Recommend

  • Balwinder Sandhu
    Feb 4, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Talha, sorry if I was blunt. You MUST allow Indian contributors here and let the fresh winds of dialogue- in hindi we have a word for it- shastraarth, debate- blow the hatred in Pakistan away.
    Hatred goes today, terror goes tomorrow. Salaam valaikum brother.Recommend

  • Moise
    Feb 4, 2011 - 4:36PM

    @Ashraf R

    First evidence:
    BBC Radio 5, 7/7 evening interview of Peter Power
    On a BBC Radio 5 interview that aired on the evening of the 7th, the host interviewed Peter Power, Managing Director of Visor Consultants, which bills itself as a ‘crisis management’ advice company, better known to you and I as a PR firm. Peter Power was a former Scotland Yard official, working at one time with the Anti Terrorist Branch. Power told the host that at the exact same time that the London bombings were taking place, his company was running a 1,000 person strong exercise which drilled the London Underground being bombed at the exact same locations, at the exact same times, as happened in real life.
    Second evidence:
    Netanyahu Changed Plans Due to Warning – AP | July 07 2005
    Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had received a warning from the Israeli Embassy not to leave his hotel for a speech he was to give that morning. The location of the speech was right next to the site of one of the bombings.
    Third Evidence:
    London Stagecoach Employee Says Bus Bombing Suspicious
    Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet | July 15 2005
    Cameras on the targeted bus malfunction that day? Why was the bus diverted from its usual route? No bus route for number 30 bus at Tavestock road
    Fourth Evidence:
    Blair ‘to reject bombs inquiry’ – BBC | July 11 2005
    Blair the liar rejected the public inquiry.
    Fifth Evidence:
    7/7 Mastermind was working for British Intelligence was wanted by US
    July 29 edition of FOX News Channel’s Day Side programme revealed that the so called mastermind of the 7/7 London Bombings, Haroon Rashid Aswat, is a British Intelligence Asset
    Sixth evidence
    NYT Article on catching mastermind
    As 3 Nations Consulted, Terror Suspect Eluded Arrest
    Published: July 29, 2005
    Seventh evidence – who benefits
    Who shorted British pound? Currency fell 6% in 10 days before London terror attacks
    World Net Daily| July 17 2005

    Be careful when you point fingers on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 5, 2011 - 7:15AM

    @Moise, you failed to mention that Tony Blair’s aunt sneezed at just the moment the 7/7 bomb went off. Why did she choose that exact moment? It is a conspiracy I tell you.

    Do you seriously believe in these absurd correlations? If you dig deep enough, you’ll find the “Millionth evidence” too. It appears that the entire world goes to great lengths to victimize Pakistan which is the engine of economic growth in the world. Take off those blinkers and face up to the truth, my friend. It is so easy to look at others rather than take a look in the mirror.Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 7:30AM

    Thank you, Brother Moise. In fact, recent evidence is also emerging that the killers in the Bangladesh war of 1971 were actually Indian Army soldiers who did the actual butchering and arranged dead bodies to look like our brave Pakistan Army did it. Now that a pro-India govt is in power, everything is being done to once again put the blame for the massacres and rape of Bangladesh on the Pakistan Army. Innocent peaople are being put in jail and being accused of crimes the Indian committed in 1971.Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 11:25AM

    The RAW chief was camping in London at that time. That must reason enough to prove that RAW was involvedRecommend

  • Talha
    Feb 5, 2011 - 9:03PM

    @Balwinder Sandhu

    No the comments of Pakistani’s are not published and comments which are highly offensive and full of profanities are published. This is especially true for Times of India where offensive comments are not only published but highly recommended by tens of people.

    Similarly, this link is limited to certain people. 9/11 was a Saudi/Egyptian project running from Afghanistan. The only person to have any link to Pakistan was Khalid Sheikh, a man who was actually brought up in the Middle East and spent a large part of his adult life in the far east.

    The 7/7 bombers were british, they were not indoctrinated with their twisted ideology in Pakistan, but in the UK itself. As for the people within Pakistan, yes of course there are a number of twisted people who utilize terror or abet it. But action is being taken against them.

    First you must blow the hatred in your own nation away, it is evident form the countless abusive and offensive remarks that are made by Indians on a number of Pakistani websites.

    Start fro your own because that is also where the hatred exists.Recommend

  • Moise
    Feb 5, 2011 - 9:38PM

    @Ashraf R

    Don’t be naive. Evidence wont come in a CNN 30 minutes show package or .a whitepaper.

    Either refute the evidence or bring something tangible to discussion. Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Talha: Yes, we Pakistanis are taught to love all religions and religious minorities from a very early age, as this article aptly points out:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/may/18/pakistan-textbooks-religious-extremism Our Pakistani textbooks teach us that Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism are lovable religions, and that all religions are equal before. The frequent reports of atrocities against minorities are just Western propaganda against Pakistan. The blasphemy laws are meant to protect minorities and guide them along the path towards true love.Recommend

  • Dr+Dev+Mishra
    Feb 6, 2011 - 12:41AM

    Talha, you have said- First you must blow the hatred in your own nation away, it is evident form the countless abusive and offensive remarks that are made by Indians on a number of Pakistani websites.

    I am not happy of any hatred emanating from India on these websites, and certainly there is reactionary saffron terror on Samjhauta express etc of late. But we MUST put things in perspective, terror emanating from or encouraged from or having a lineage link to Pak is simply minboggling to even count.

    Few examples-
    Faisal- Times Square- 2010
    Khalid Shaikh- 9/11
    Siddique Khan- 7/7
    Kasab- Mumbai- 2008
    Khalistan- 1980s
    Kashmir- 1990s to now
    Kandahar hijack- 2000
    Kargil- 1999
    Daniel Pearl beheading – Omar 2002
    Ahmadiyas and Shia bombing 2010
    Akshardham temple 2002

    Sorry, my hands are tired of typing, the list is not over yet. This was just to put the mutual hatred in perspective. Talha you seem like a nice person, you should set your standards higher. Even 10% of the list above should make the country hang its head in shame and introspect.

  • imnotpaki
    Feb 6, 2011 - 12:47AM

    whr iz zaid hamid, paki govt,and Mr diggy?? blame it on india and hindus manRecommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 6, 2011 - 8:56AM

    @Moise, are you serious? I thought your comments were mostly tongue-in-cheek. That is absurdity taken to the extremes! Can YOU prove that you were NOT involved in the 26/11 attacks? How does anybody prove a negative? The burden of proof rests on the person making the allegation. If you think the UK and US orchestrated the 7/7 bombings merely to implicate Pakistan, it is up to you and your conspiratorial ilk to provide the proof. You can start by ‘proving’ that you personally were not involved in 26/11. Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 6, 2011 - 9:50PM

    @ Dr Dev Mishra

    Get your analysis clear, its only Pakistani’s like myself who have suffered more every since Zia started his faux ‘Islamic’ movement and utilized terror.

    There is no doubt that certain section from Pakistan has used terror and it has only caused more problems for this nation.

    But you see that it has nothing to do with me and neither would I want this. All that could happen is like minded people will only counter this but one thing that I have realized is that Indians would prefer for Pakistan to continue on this way then be successful.

    I not only have to confront the Islamist menace within but also the Indians who find solace in the fact that Pakistan has been badly effected by the policies of these hate filled Islamists.Recommend

  • moise
    Feb 7, 2011 - 11:05AM

    @Ashraf R:

    You talk about everything but the list of evidence available from Western press themselves I sent few days ago.

    I believe false flag operation doesn’t come in your vocabulary hence you wouldn’t know what it is. Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 7, 2011 - 11:15AM

    You are mistaken, Indians dont want Pakistanis to suffer for that matter anyone to suffer. We do hope that Pakistanis have learnt enough lessons from their past policies and correct their course.By this I mean they give up their policies of terrorism as an instrument of state policy and get down to nail all their terrorists irrestpective of the prefixes and suffixes.
    Many bloggers comments , serious/tongue n cheek/sarcastic or however they may are intended to drive home this point only and not deriving pleasure in seeing our neighbours hurt. I hope u understand.
    For example, in all the comments not one talks about religious superiority or hinduism vs islam etc because that is not what bothers us. You have chosen to be an Islamic state and we wish you all the very best. So long as it does not breed violence and affect us.
    Your country is often ruled by dictators or military. We dealt with who ever is in power because it is upto Pakistanis to decide on their rulers. We arent in the picture like USRecommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 7, 2011 - 1:56PM

    “False flag”?? Get real man! England values the lives of its citizens a thousand times more than we in the subcontinent do. Do you think they’ll sacrifice 52 of their precious citizens to pin the blame on Pakistan? What have they gained from it anyway? That only happens in Cloud Cuckoo-land. Your “evidence” will be well received there. Recommend

  • moise
    Feb 11, 2011 - 7:56AM

    @Ashraf R:

    Well they ready to sacrifice everyday in occupation zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and covert operations.

    I believe you dont have any concept of state sponsored terrorism as well.




    Do your own research, dont get fed by corporate media.Recommend

  • moise
    Apr 4, 2011 - 7:34AM

    @Ashraf R:
    “England values the lives of its citizens a thousand times more than we in the subcontinent do” Good one.

    I dont know what there is to romance about England.
    Banker looted all savings and pension money.
    Bankers lost all the money.
    Bankers ask government to bail them out using tax payer money.
    Citizen is indebted with student loan, car loan, house mortgage and inflation.

    I don’t know where this value of citizen idea comes from. It only values them as consumer and fleece them of their money they earned from hard work.

    As for 52 civilians killed, maybe NATO terrorists’ Operation Gladio will refresh your memory. Oh I m sorry you are not taught this in school so it must be a conspiracy theory.

    I find your lack of historical knowledge disturbing.Recommend

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