London 21 July suspect claims device was 'flour bomb'
Thursday, August 4, 2005
Hussain Osman, the suspect for the July 21 incident at Shepherds Bush who the UK authorities wish to extradite from Italy, claims that the device in his rucksack was merely a bag of flour with a detonator in it.
Osman escaped from Britain via the Channel Tunnel and was arrested last week in Rome. He told his Italian lawyer that he was only staging a demonstration and had no intention of killing anyone.
Osman's claim contrasts starkly with Sir Ian Blair's statement shortly after the bombings. At that time Commissioner Blair said:
- "Clearly the intention must have been to kill. You don't do this with any other intention."
Osman is reported to have said:
- "I am against war... I've marched in peace rallies and nobody listened to me. I never thought of killing people."
- Richard Owen in Rome and Sean O’Neill. "Rucksack device was flour bomb, suspect says" — , August 4, 2005
- "Bombs 'meant to draw attention to anger over war in Iraq'" — , August 1, 2005
- "Urgent hunt for London attackers" — , July 22, 2005
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