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Report: London attacks mastermind linked to Israel bombing
Sunday Times says new evidence links mastermind of July 7 attacks in London to two British Muslims who carried out suicide attacks in Tel Aviv in 2003
The leader of the July 7 suicide bombings in London, Mohammad Sidique Khan, has been linked to the two British suicide bombers who carried out a terror attack at the Mike's Place bar in Tel Aviv, the British Sunday Times reported.

 

Hanif Asif killed three people and injured 50 in 2003 when he blew himself up at the entrance of the pub which lies on the Tel Aviv

promenade. The second bomber, Omar Sharif of Derby, England, fled the entrance of the David Intercontinental Hotel after his explosive belt failed to detonate.

 

The Sunday Times reported that a new witness who has not yet spoken to police has evidence that suggests the two bombers had collaborated with Khan to recruit British Muslims for training in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

 

The newspaper said Kursheed Fiaz, a businessman from Manchester, met with Khan on four or five occasions. Khan was accompanied by Sharif and Asif.

 

The Sunday Times suggests that Khan may have been behind the attack in Tel Aviv, saying the Israeli police confirmed that Khan had visited Israel on February 19, 2003, two months before the suicide bombing attack at Mike's Place.

 

Israeli police have investigated Khan's 24-hour-long trip to Israel, but have been unable to determine if it might have been a reconnaissance mission on behalf of the bomber, the newspaper said.

 

The new evidence will be broadcast on BBC2 on Tuesday.

 

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