July 30, 2005


Armed police smash terrorist bomb cell (MICHAEL HOWIE, KAREN MCVEIGH, SHAN ROSS AND KEVIN SCHOFIELD, 7/30/05, The Scotsman)

POLICE yesterday smashed the suspected terror cell behind last week's attempted suicide attacks on London in a series of dramatic armed raids.

Two of the suspects were arrested at gunpoint after armed police stormed a flat in west London.

Within hours, a man believed to be another of the bombers was arrested in Rome after having apparently travelled to see his brother.

Police last night named the two men arrested in the flat as Muktar Said-Ibrahim, who allegedly tried to blow himself up on a number 26 bus in Hackney, east London, and Ramzi Mohammed. A third man also arrested in London was suspected of being the possible fifth failed bomber. The suspect arrested in Rome was named as Osman Hussain, who is suspected of planning an attack at Shepherd's Bush Tube station.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2005 7:31 AM

Very well done.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 30, 2005 11:42 AM

Didn't George Bush run against treating anti-terrorism as a law-enforcement issue?

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at July 31, 2005 1:49 AM

Yep, treating it all as law enforcement does make a lot of sense (though it generally depends on how nuanced one's sensibilities are).

Sure, first, let 'em waste a couple of thousand people (or a couple of hundred, or several dozen), injure and maim several times that and terrorize several times that, and then swoop down on the sons 'a guns and their accomplices and arrest them.

Assuming there's anything left to arrest.

But the best part of it all is that you get to (triumphantly) bash Bush for not comprehending that it's really a law enforcement issue!!

Posted by: Barry Meislin at July 31, 2005 3:35 AM

Witty, Rick. Pass the kool-aid.

Posted by: Randall Voth at July 31, 2005 4:25 AM

Mr. Perstein:

We arrest the perps. The supporters, enablers, and puppet-masters - them we attack and bomb and machine-gun. We should MOAB them, too, but President Bush has some of your niceness in him. See the difference?

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 31, 2005 1:30 PM

he didn't run in the u.k.

notice how perlstein and lonbud never post in the same article ? co-incidnece, or ...

Posted by: cjm at July 31, 2005 7:01 PM