Thursday, September 01, 2005

London Bomber left video message to the west


One of the four bombers behind the 7 July Tube attacks which killed 52 people has appeared in a video on Arab television.
Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, described himself as 'a soldier' and spoke of his motives on a tape on al-Jazeera.
Khan said the UK government had committed atrocities against Muslims and he was inspired by Osama Bin Laden.

The eldest of the four bombers, Khan was responsible for the Edgware Road Circle Line explosion which killed six people and injured 120.

On the tape, the man says bombings in London and in Madrid were the fault of "Western citizens" and the public should no longer feel safe as they would be targeted again.
In a West Yorkshire accent, he said: "Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood. I and thousands like me have forsaken everything for what we believe."
He said the public was responsible for the atrocities perpetuated against his "people" across the world because they supported democratically elected governments who carried them out.
"Until we feel security, you will be our targets," he said.
"Until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight.
"We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation."
BBC political editor Nick Robinson said the tape's message would "chill people to the marrow".
"To hear a fellow countryman in the familiar accent of North Yorkshire - a man who gave much of his life to teaching under privileged children - to say ever so calmly 'This is why I am a soldier in the name of Islam, this is why I regard you all as legitimate targets in my war', will shock and horrify people."

Scotland Yard has confirmed it is aware of the tape.


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