February 8, 2006


Abu Hamza and the 7/7 bombers (Sean O’Neill and Daniel McGrory, 2/08/06, Times of London)

The Times has learnt that Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Jermaine Lindsay, who detonated rucksack bombs on London Tube trains, visited Finsbury Park mosque where Abu Hamza taught that Muslims were obliged to kill unbelievers to defend Islam.

Khan and Tanweer heard the cleric’s sermons inside the North London mosque. They and Lindsay were also among crowds that heard Abu Hamza preach on the street after the building was closed in a police raid in 2003.

The link between Abu Hamza, 47, and the bombers, who killed 52 people and themselves, raises a possible new explanation for the timing of the attacks.

On the morning of July 7 Abu Hamza was in the dock at the Old Bailey about to stand trial. But his case was postponed for six months.

Isn't one of the reasons that Islamicist terrorism is so ineffective that its messages are so opaque? Essentially they are just bombing for the sake of bombing, which never even raises the question among their targets of how to respond politically. Other than the craven Spaniards that is....

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 8, 2006 12:20 AM
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