Manhunt in Britain, Italy |
All four fugitive London bombers believed captured
All four fugitive suspects from the botched July 21 London bomb attacks were reported to be behind bars yesterday after a massive international manhunt culminated with dramatic raids in Britain and Italy.
In a dizzying sequence of events, machine gun-toting British police were seen by witnesses firing tear gas and apparently setting off stun grenades as they raided two addresses in west London, arresting three men in all.
According to a series of reports -- unconfirmed by police -- two of those arrested were among the four suspected bombers who fled when their explosives failed to detonate on London subway trains and a double-decker bus on July 21.
Another suspect, Somali-born Yasin Hassan Omar, had already been detained on Wednesday in Birmingham, central England.
Within hours of the London arrests, Italy's Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu announced that a Somali-born Briton, Osman Hussain, who he called "the fourth attacker in London on July 21", had been arrested in Rome.
Italy's ANSA news agency said Hussain was seized by a special police anti-terrorist force from an apartment on edge of Rome at about 4:30 pm local time.
The London arrests followed one of the biggest police hunts in British history, an operation made all the more desperate by repeated official warnings that while still at large the bombers could strike again.
Police warned that another attack might yet succeed in repeating the carnage of July 7, when 56 people, including four British Muslim suicide bombers, were killed by bombs ripping through three subway trains and a bus.