Suicide theory thrown in doubt
UK Herald-Sun | July 18, 2005
BRITISH police are considering the possibility that the four key suspects in last week’s London attacks may have been tricked into setting off their bombs, a British newspaper has reported.
“We do not have hard evidence that the men were suicide bombers,” a Scotland Yard spokesman told The Sunday Telegraph.
“It is possible that they did not intend to die.”
According to the paper, one police hypothesis is that the bombers were tricked by a “master” who told them they would have time to escape — when in fact the devices were set to go off immediately.
“The bombers’ masters might have thought that they couldn’t risk the four men being caught and spilling everything to British interrogators,” an unnamed security official told the newspaper.
Lending weight to the theory is the fact that all four men paid their parking tickets before boarding a train at Luton for King’s Cross, and they all had bought return tickets.
Moreover, the paper said, the men carried the explosives in rucksacks, not strapped to their bodies as is common practice among suicide bombers.
None were reported to have cried “Allah Akbar” (God is Greatest) before setting off their charge — something most Middle Eastern suicide bombers do.
Police have based their theory that the attacks were suicide bombings largely around the fact that all four suspects died in the attacks.
The fact that one of the bombers was decapitated — a common outcome for suicide bombers — is also seen as supporting the theory, as well as the fact that investigators discovered no timer devices.