Skip to comments.Killer in the classroom - (British authorities; one bomber was a "mentor" in Leeds school!)
Posted on 07/13/2005 7:24:56 PM PDT by CHARLITE
POLICE believe that they have identified the British-born man who masterminded the suicide bomb attacks on London. It also emerged yesterday that one of his recruits was a primary school teaching assistant. The leader of the terrorist cell is believed to be in his thirties and of Pakistani origin. He arrived at a British port last month and is understood to have left the country the day before four suicide bombers murdered at least 52 people.
Security sources believe that he has been involved in previous terrorist operations and has links with al-Qaeda followers in the United States. It is also believed that he visited the bombers in Leeds and identified targets on the Tube.
Security chiefs say that he is also likely to have schooled his recruits on how to trigger their rucksack bombs at the same time. There were also suggestions that the cell may have decided against using foreign help to reduce the chances of being discovered.
Detectives were trying last night to track two other possible members of the cell. The first was seen on CCTV cameras on the platform of Luton station near the four bombers as they set off on July 7. There are fears that the man, also believed to be of Pakistani origin, could be a fifth bomber, still at large in the London area.
Police are trying to discover if he lives in Luton, where the bombers are thought to have stayed before the attack and where explosives were found in the boot of a hire car. Fingerprint and DNA experts are still examining the Nissan Micra.
Security sources said that there may well be sixth and a seventh members of the cell, providing a support network.
MI5 was piecing together the double life of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the oldest of the bombers, who worked at a school in Beeston, Leeds.
Khan, the father of a 14-month-old daughter, was a learning mentor for children of immigrant families who had just arrived in Britain. Staff described him as gently spoken, endlessly patient, and immensely popular with children who called him their buddy.
Three years after this photograph was taken at the Hillside primary school, Khan triggered a 10lb bomb at Edgware Road Underground station.
Two of the bombers wereknown to the police, despite claims that they were clean skins. Shehzad Tanweer was arrested for disorderly behaviour and Hasib Hussain was questioned over shoplifting, both last year. The two were cautioned but not charged.
Police sources also admitted that the name of one of the bombers had emerged during a major anti-terrorist operation last year. But he was neither arrested nor questioned.
Every recent phone call and e-mail linked to the three known bombers is being investigated by the security and intelligence services. Working backwards from July 7, they will trace every call made from the bombers homes in Leeds and plot all their movements and associations with other people, in an effort to trace the bomb-maker. MI5 is focusing in particular on any trips they may have made abroad in the past year.
Credit cards were discovered with the bombers bodies, and checks on financial dealings over recent months could provide vital information. One security source said: We are checking if anyone was seen with any of this circle in the weeks up to July 7.
The men who orchestrated this attack, obtained the explosive and assembled the devices would have been well away from Leeds and London by the time the bombs exploded.
Scotland Yard were also looking last night for an Egyptian-born chemistry lecturer who was teaching until recently at Leeds University. M. Asdi el-Nashar, 33, is understood to have rented one of the Leeds addresses where explosives were found. He left Britain recently after telling neighbours of difficulties with his visa. The lecturer, who studied in the US, is understood to have known some of the bombers.
The fourth bomber was named unofficially last night as Ejaz Fiaz, thought to be in his early thirties. His home in Leeds was still being searched. Officers were given more time to question a relative of one of bombers. Police also carried out raids in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, last night.
There will be a two-minute silence to remember victims of the bombs across Europe at noon today, London time.
How much police knew about the bombers sparked a row between Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, during a meeting on terrorism in Brussels yesterday.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
Ward Churchill teaches in Leeds, too?
This is how they are trained to fit in, unnoticed, until their services and their lives are required.
I really don't know how they can be stopped.
"Khan, the father of a 14-month-old daughter, was a learning mentor for children of immigrant families who had just arrived in Britain. Staff described him as gently spoken, endlessly patient, and immensely popular with children who called him their buddy. "
Great ... quite the actor ... and now has a following who won't believe he could so such a thing ... .
"This is how they are trained to fit in, unnoticed, until their services and their lives are required.
I really don't know how they can be stopped.
yup ... I don't know either. These are scary people.
How many creeps like this is working in our schools in the USA? And we thought we only had to worry about molesters working the class..Even more frightening is the liberal and politically don't have the cajones to do a damned thing but make up excuses.
Afraid?? Be DEFIANT !
The can be defeated but political correctness cannot play a part in it.
My mother is quite liberal in most respects but when she talks about islam she doesn't pull any punches. When I talked to her today she said that they need to be driven back to the mideast....again. It kinda freaks me out when I hear her say things like that.
I don't have kids in school so it's easy for me to be defiant.
I have kids in school - I have kids who watched the Twin towers get destroyed their first day at school. Not one mad mullah is going to make me afraid - ever.
If they do not arrest/detain every single member of these men's families, including their sisters, and their cousins, and their aunts, as well as the 14 month old, no one will believe we are serious.
In our PC world, they can't be. We can't even acknowledge that there is a problem and who is doing it!
Either we'll get angry enough to DEMAND action or we'll be dust setting under a mushroom cloud.
Thanks for posting. BTTT.
Ask anyone I know. Me and PC have never met.
I work for a large, multi-national corporation. We employ from all corners of the world. I deal, on a daily basis, with more religious/ethnic backgrounds than you can imagine.
Because I have to, to do my job, I go about my business with these folks like there was nothing to be concerned about.
Do we get along?
Do I trust them?
Of course not.
The company wasn't pressured into providing ME with a special, private prayer room and foot washing station.
Do I actually believe that everyone that uses the prayer room goes there to pray?
Again, of course not.
Am I prepared?
See my tagline.
"Now repeat after me, boys and girls.
"Now that's the way you establish Sharia.
Instead of getting mad at the terrorists they get mad at Bush.
Same boat here. Done some H1B hiring back when the economy was better. My own personal screen was far more stringent than anything either the company or the government required. Still, most other managers are clueless. We've got jihadis and Red Communist Chinese (some fraction of which are no doubt spies) with inner sanctum access - to facilties, data, and intellectual property. No more need be written ...
And, of course, it's all done in the name of: "Diversity is good for the future of the company!"
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