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United In Terror

by | 13th, July 2005

‘DO we take comfort from knowing the identities of the terrorists who murdered and ruined the lives of so many in London last week?

The pain doesn’t end

Terror now has a face, although we are alarmed that it belongs not to a shadowy gang of Arab fundamentalists but to the likes of Bradford-born 22-year-old Shehzad Tanweerm, the son of a chip shop owner and believed to be the Liverpool Street bomber.

And this is not mere guesswork. Not something those who seek comfort in the absurd belief that such heinous crimes are all part of a massively elaborate American-led plot to make the Muslim world look bad. This is fact. The Telegraph reproduces a copy of the killer’s birth certificate on its front page.

“It is inconceivable that, as four young men became sufficiently radicalised to immolate themselves and others, no one noticed,” writes the Telegraph.

Indeed it is hard to think of the four – Hasib Hussain, 19, Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, Tanweer and a fourth unnamed man – changing from British boys into fanatical suicide killers in isolation.

Such a thought has occurred to the police, who, as the Times reports, have arrested one of the killer’s relatives and taken him to London for questioning.

But while the Telegraph praises the police work that has brought the killers’ names to the fore – police looked through thousands of hours of film for a glimpse of who might be the terrorists before they spotted a gang that looked “like the infantry going to war, or like they were going on a hiking holiday” – they were given clues.

To give us an insight into how normal, how everyday the killers appeared, the Times notes how the anxious mother of 19-year-old Hussain called the Scotland Yard helpline on the day of he bombing.

She did so not to tell the police that her boy was a killer, but to ask them if they’d seen him. He had told her was going to London to meet some friends. He was missing and she was worried for his safety…’

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