Monday, July 25, 2005

Play London Suicide Bomber Clue-doh!

Was it the Colombian carpenter with the rucksack on the bus?

No wait, could it have been the Peruvian plumber with the baseball boots on the airliner?

I know, it was the Brazilian electrician with the ‘thick heavy coat’ on the train…

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

and one more for luck



Add the CCTV footage from Stockwell station on Friday to the growing list of tapes many of us would like to see when the authorities get round to it...

At this rate they'll have enough for a full length feature film. Maybe that's why they're holding them back.


Fans of the ‘it was a fair call’ school of thought concerning the shooting in Stockwell on Friday might like to help me out in fitting the following snippet from a press release from the RMT, the underground train drivers’ union, into the official account of what happened

"Our members and all LUL staff have shown immense courage and commitment through the awful events of the last two weeks, but their concerns at the way yesterday’s alert was handled are serious and there are many other issues that remain to be resolved.

"Their concerns will have been fuelled by the revelation that an innocent Tube driver today found himself with a police gun at his head during the incident in Stockwell station in which a suspect was shot dead.

"No apology could ever be enough ever take away the trauma that that driver has suffered and there should be a full inquiry into the handling of the incident"

Like the train driver in question, I'm still trying to get my head round that one.


Sadly, the weekend brought no further updates to the story that one of the suspected '77' bombers had phoned a bloke in Pakistan on the morning of the bombings.

The story went that police had retrieved the bomber's mobile phone, checked its memory and established that the bomber had phoned someone called Haroon Rashid Aswad who was subsequently arrested in Pakistan carrying £8,000, a British passport and a suicide bomb belt. Somehow the Pakistanis had managed to arrest him without shooting him five times in the face.

That was absolutely the funniest fucking story planted in the newspapers so far and I'm quite sad to see it slip into the memory hole. Ten out of ten for whoever came up with that one. Priceless ...

But, fear not, a new contender for most ludicrous story so far is looming on the horizon.

Apparently, evidence found in one of the rucksacks used last week connects last week's bombers with the 7th July bombers via a white water rafting trip in Wales on 4th June. The suggestion being that both teams of bombers attended the rafting trip as some kind of planning meeting or, possibly, a team building exercise.

Hmmmmm, maybe jihadists have taken to planning their suicide missions on rafts rather than through the Internet, maybe lone suicide bombers do need to feel part of a big, huggy group as much as the rest of us.

or maybe this story is yet another load of old crap.

Whatever, the story about the bloke sitting there with the mobile phone, British passport, wads of cash and bomb belt waiting to be arrested is still funnier.

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