“Police and MI5 fear it increases the chance that more ‘self-sufficient’ units similar to the July 7 suicide cell are hiding in Britain.” If they had been reading Jihad Watch, they wouldn’t have been surprised — because they would have known that this ideology can appear in any Muslim community, whether or not an Al-Qaeda leader is present, and that self-proclaimed moderate Muslims have done nothing to stop that. “London bombings: the truth emerges,” from The Independent, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
An investigation into the four suicide bombers from the first attacks and the people alleged to be behind the July 21 plot has found no evidence of any al-Qa’ida “mastermind” or senior organiser. The inquiry involved MI5, MI6, the listening centre at GCHQ, and the police.
The disclosure that the July 7 team were working in isolation – and were radicalised by Mohammad Sidique Khan, the oldest man – has caused concern among anti-terrorist officers.
Police and MI5 fear it increases the chance that more “self-sufficient” units similar to the July 7 suicide cell are hiding in Britain. Anti-terrorist officers are worried by the evidence that previously unknown “clean skin” terror cells are forming in Britain with little or no help from abroad.
The alleged plotters behind the July 21 bomb incidents in London are thought to have been “copycats”, targeting Tube trains and a bus.
The intelligence assessment was made in the past few days. “The key point is that the events are not connected,” said one counter-terrorist source. “It appears they were self-contained, rather than being organised by some kind of mastermind.
“It is concerning that none were on the intelligence radar. There are quite probably others we do not know about out there. Over the past 10 years, we have been successfully disrupting a number of groups of people who could have carried out bombing attacks similar to those we have seen in the past few weeks.”
“We can’t disrupt them all. They only have to be lucky once – and they have been. At some point there will be another suicide or bombing group.”