- A man widely reported to have been the 'mastermind' behind
the London attacks by slipping into Britain was an innocent Pakistani who
happened to have a similar name to that of someone suspected to be an al-Qa'ida
- The man, in his 30s, was the subject of intense media
speculation surrounding his visit to Britain culminating in his flying
out of London one day before the attacks. His unmonitored presence in the
country led to criticism of MI5.
- But according to The Independent the suspect had no role
in the attacks.
- Inquiries made have led to the discovery that the man
was an innocent Pakistani traveller who simply happened to have a name
similar to that of an alleged al-Qa'ida member whose on the watch list
of several foreign security agencies.
- A similar blunder is also said to have occurred following
claims by U.S. intelligence that Germaine Lindsay the alleged bomber who
carried out the King's Cross attack, was on a British watch list. This
was because the "fourth" bomber was wrongly identified in the
United States as Lindsay Jermaine - someone with a similar name to the
- So far, Scotland Yard is concentrating its efforts on
determining the movements of the four bombers from Leeds and Aylesbury,
and what explosives they used.
- Sniffer dogs are being used on the underground to detect
explosives and dozens of other dogs will be deployed throughout the London
Underground system and the police may also introduce random checks using
metal and bomb detectors on the Underground.