Bomb maker's secret calls to 7/7 gang from Pakistan phone box
The July 7 gang were guided in a series of phone calls from Pakistan as they built their home-made bombs, the inquest into the atrocity heard today.
The British-born extremists received bomb-making instructions from an unidentified man ringing from a phone box in Rawalpindi.
The mystery figure made his final call five days before the bombs went off, claiming 52 innocent lives on the London transport network in 2005. Previous intelligence reports have suggested that the four suicide bombers worked alone and were not controlled by a mastermind.
But today Detective Sergeant Mark Stuart told the inquest at London's Royal Courts of Justice that mobile phone records revealed a series of calls made from phone boxes in Pakistan to ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan.
Many of the calls, though made from different phone boxes, were made within minutes of each other, suggesting whoever phoned Khan was intent on concealing his identity, the inquest was told. Detectives believe Khan gave the details of four phones, used purely for the purpose of the terror mission, to contacts in Pakistan. The hearing was told how Khan never made any calls to Pakistan himself in an effort to avoid detection.
The first known conversation took place on 23 April 2005. But the majority of calls were made between May and June 2005. DS Stuart said it was likely that Khan always spoke to the same person who moved from one phone box to another, either for protection or because he may have struggled to get through.
DS Stuart told the court a flurry of calls was made between the four men minutes before the bombs went off.
Posted on 02/03/2011 4:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax