Khan's wife Hasina Patel & family arrested

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Khan's wife Hasina Patel & family arrested

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May 9 2007, 09:41 AM #1

July 7 bomber's widow held in anti-terror raid

09.05.07

The widow of July 7 suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan was among four people arrested in a series of anti-terror raids today.

Five houses in West Yorkshire and two flats in Birmingham were cordoned off and searched by police.

Unarmed police carried out the raids which are connected to the 2005 London bombings in which 52 people were killed.

The three men and one woman were arrested just after 7am today and taken to a central London police station to be interviewed by anti-terror officers.

They are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.

All four suspects were taken to a central London police station where they will be interviewed by anti-terror officers.

The arrests of the two men - aged 30 and 34 - and the 29-year-old woman in West Yorkshire took place at 7am.

Five houses in the area were searched, including two in Dewsbury, two in Beeston, south Leeds, and one in Batley.

Two flats in Birmingham are also searched, the Metropolitan Police said. The fourth man arrested is 22 years old.

No armed officers were used in today's operation.

A police spokesman said: "This was a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation involving the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command and the counter terrorism units in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands."

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police confirmed the details issued by the Metropolitan Police and added: "Neighbourhood Policing Team officers are meeting with local people to keep them updated and informed about activity in their areas and to reassure the wider community.

"We would like to thank people for their understanding and support at this time and would ask that it continues.

"Although we are legally limited in how much we can say, we will share as much information as we can with those living in the vicinity and with the wider community.

"As usual, local Neighbourhood Policing Teams are on patrol in the areas and we would ask anyone with concerns to speak directly to them."

Officers said they did not believe any of the premises being searched in West Yorkshire contained anything which could be a threat to the local community.

Fifty-two people were killed when four suicide bombers set off devices in three packed rush hour London Underground Tube trains and a crowded bus in 2005.

The bombers - Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain - all died in the attacks.

Last month, three men became the first people to appear in court charged with conspiring with the four terrorists.

Mohammed Shakil, 30, Sadeer Saleem, 26, and Waheed Ali, 23, from Beeston, Leeds, were arrested in March and appeared at the Old Bailey via video link on April 20.

The Metropolitan Police said the "painstaking" investigation into the bombings was far from over and leads were still being followed up both in the UK and abroad.

A statement from West Midlands Police said a 22-year-old man was arrested at 7.25am in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham.

"This arrest was in connection with the terrorist attacks in London on July 7 2005 and was conducted by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command with the support of officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit."

A full forensic search is being conducted at a house in the Handsworth area of the city.

"A police presence will be visible at this location for a number of days," the statement said.

Two other addresses were being searched in Selly Oak.

The statement continued: "West Midlands Police continues to engage with local communities to listen to any concerns and respond appropriately and proportionately to issues raised."

In Beeston, police officers were patrolling the streets.

On Tempest Road, close to the family home of Aldgate bomber Shehzad Tanweer, an officer guarded the front door of an address while another stood guard in the back garden.

Next-door neighbour Carole Condon, 59, said an Asian family had lived at the address for a number of years.

She said the family consisted of a mother and father, two brothers and a sister.

She said: "They were very quiet. I didn't really know them but they would say hello. I don't know their surname but they were always quite friendly.

"Their children would take the bins out into the back garden and I would say hello."

She said the family owned a number of vehicles and would be seen coming and going.

Ms Condon said she was shocked but did not see anyone being led away.

She said she noticed the police presence only when she got up this morning.

There has been criticism of both the police and the security services over their handling of the July 7 attacks.

It emerged last week that links were missed between two of the suicide bombers and those recently convicted for the fertiliser bomb plot.

MI5 observed July 7 ringleader Khan and sidekick Tanweer meeting the fertiliser plotter Omar Khyam on numerous occasions in 2004 - a year before they detonated their bombs.

It was also claimed that Khan came to the attention of counter-terrorist police just five months before the bombings.

Police took down details of his mobile number and an address in Batley which were given to the manager of a garage in Leeds when he borrowed a courtesy car, The Guardian claimed.

He also gave his mother-in-law's address in Dewsbury, to which MI5 had tailed him less than a year before.

The security service has been accused of not properly following up the clues or passing on details to West Yorkshire Police.

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May 9 2007, 10:10 AM #2

7/7 bomber's widow arrested in raid

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Wednesday May 9, 2007 10:48 AM

The widow of July 7 suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan is among four people who have been arrested in a series of anti-terror raids.

Five houses in West Yorkshire and two flats in Birmingham were cordoned off and searched by police. Unarmed police carried out the raids, which are connected to the 2005 London bombings in which 52 people were killed.

The three men and one woman were arrested just after 7am on Wednesday and taken to a central London police station to be interviewed by anti-terror officers. They are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Local sources named the 29-year-old woman as Hasina Patel, who lives with others in a two-storey mid-terrace house on Dale Street, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury.

Police were seen leaving and entering the property, where the curtains were closed and a red Vauxhall was parked in the driveway. Police officers were also seen in unmarked cars outside the three-bedroom Housing Association house.

One local resident said he saw police arriving outside the house early on Wednesday morning. He said: "They are good neighbours and we've had no problems - they're always smiling."

Two men, aged 30 and 34, were also arrested in West Yorkshire. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said two houses are being searched in Dewsbury, two in Beeston, south Leeds, and one in Batley.

The fourth person, a 22-year-old, was arrested at 7.25am in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said: "This arrest was in connection with the terrorist attacks in London on July 7, 2005 and was conducted by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command with the support of officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit."

Full forensic searches were being conducted at two properties in Birmingham, including a house in the Handsworth area of the city and another in Selly Oak.

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May 9 2007, 11:34 AM #3

Bomber's widow held in anti-terror raid

By Caroline Gammell, Dave Higgens and Joe Sinclair, PA
Published: 09 May 2007

The widow of July 7 suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan was among four people arrested in a series of anti-terror raids today.

Five houses in West Yorkshire and two flats in Birmingham were cordoned off and searched by police.

Unarmed police carried out the raids which are connected to the 2005 London bombings in which 52 people were killed.

The three men and one woman were arrested just after 7am today and taken to a central London police station to be interviewed by anti-terror officers.

They are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Local sources named the 29-year-old woman as Hasina Patel, who lives with others in a two-storey mid-terrace house on Dale Street, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury.

Police were seen leaving and entering the property, where the curtains were closed and a red Vauxhall was parked in the driveway.

Police officers were also seen in unmarked cars outside the three-bedroom Housing Association house.

One local resident said he saw police arriving outside the house early this morning.

He said: "They are good neighbours and we've had no problems - they're always smiling."

Two men, aged 30 and 34, were also arrested in West Yorkshire.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said two houses are being searched in Dewsbury, two in Beeston, south Leeds, and one in Batley.

The fourth person, a 22-year-old, was arrested at 7.25am in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said: "This arrest was in connection with the terrorist attacks in London on July 7 2005 and was conducted by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command with the support of officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit."

Full forensic searches were being conducted at two properties in Birmingham, including a house in the Handsworth area of the city and another in Selly Oak.

"A police presence will be visible at this location for a number of days," the statement said.

Police sources confirmed later that Hasina Patel, the widow of ringleader Khan, was one of those arrested in Dewsbury.

In the Selly Oak area of Birmingham, police stood guard at a student hall of residence believed to be the location of one of the raids.

A police lorry took away a silver Peugeot 307 from the Victoria Hall block of flats on Grange Road.

In Beeston, south Leeds, police officers were patrolling the streets.

On Tempest Road, close to the family home of Aldgate bomber Shehzad Tanweer, an officer guarded the front door of an address while another stood guard in the back garden.

Next-door neighbour Carole Condon, 59, said an Asian family had lived at the address for a number of years.

She said the family consisted of a mother and father, two brothers and a sister.

"They were very quiet," she said. "I didn't really know them but they would say hello. I don't know their surname but they were always quite friendly.

"Their children would take the bins out into the back garden and I would say hello."

She said the family owned a number of vehicles and would be seen coming and going.

Ms Condon said she was shocked but did not see anyone being led away and noticed the police presence only when she got up this morning.

Further down Tempest Road a single police officer stood outside another property.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, confirmed it was the same home which was raided and boarded up by police in the immediate aftermath of the 7/7 bombings.


Two years ago the red-brick terrace house was clad in scaffolding and plastic sheets as police carried out a detailed forensic search of the property.

Today the operation was more low key with only a single officer standing in the front yard.

A neighbour said: "An Asian couple lived there with their three kids. They are fairly young and I don't know too much about them."


London was thrown into chaos in 2005 when the four suicide bombers set off their devices in three packed rush hour London Underground Tube trains and a crowded bus.

The perpetrators - Khan, Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain - all died in the attacks.

Last month, three men became the first people to appear in court charged with conspiring with the four terrorists.

Mohammed Shakil, 30, Sadeer Saleem, 26, and Waheed Ali, 23, from Beeston, Leeds, were arrested in March and appeared at the Old Bailey via video link on April 20.

The Metropolitan Police have always insisted the "painstaking" investigation into the bombings was far from over, with leads being followed up in the UK and abroad.

In Selly Oak in Birmingham, university students described the moment the raid unfolded.

Nisha Karwal, a third-year biological sciences student who lives in Victoria Hall, said: "We saw the police outside the flats at around 8am.

"I saw a police van and about four officers not in uniform who were coming in and out of the P block.

"We didn't think it was to do with terrorism at all, we are very surprised.

"It's really scary. My dad wanted me to come home."

Miss Karwal, from west London, said she thought the silver Peugeot which was towed away earlier by police belonged to an Asian girl involved with the university's cricket society.


Another student, who did not wish to be named, said: "I wouldn't expect anything like this at the University of Birmingham, where we are all very well integrated.

"But at the end of the day, whoever's been arrested is innocent until proven guilty."

Details of the identity of Khan's widow leaked out soon after news of the arrests broke, despite the head of counter terrorism's warning just two weeks ago.

Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke said lives were being put at risk by intelligence being given to the media.

There has been criticism both of the police and the security services over their handling of the July 7 attacks.

It emerged last week that links were missed between two of the suicide bombers and those recently convicted for the fertiliser bomb plot.

MI5 observed July 7 ringleader Khan and sidekick Tanweer meeting the fertiliser plotter Omar Khyam on numerous occasions in 2004 - a year before they detonated their bombs.

It was also claimed that Khan came to the attention of counter-terrorist police just five months before the 2005 bombings.

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May 9 2007, 11:36 AM #4

London bomber's widow arrested in terror raids

By Duncan Gardham
Last Updated: 11:29am BST 09/05/2007

The widow of the leader of the July 7 attacks was arrested early this morning on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.
 
Hasina Patel, 29, lived with her husband Mohammed Sidique Khan in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, where she was arrested at 7am this morning. Police sources told the Daily Telegraph, she was among four people arrested in the raids who are accused of being involved with the July 7 bombings.

They included a 34-year-old man from Beeston in Leeds where Shehzad Tanweer, the other main conspirator lived, and a 30-year-old man from Batley, near Dewsbury. The third man, aged 22, was detained in Birmingham.

Sources said the arrests were made because police had a reasonable suspicion the four people were involved in the “commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism.” Officers are searching two houses in Dewsbury, two in Beeston and one in Batley along with two flats in the Selly Park area of Birmingham.

One of the Beeston properties was first searched in the immediate aftermath of the July 7 attacks. In Birmingham, a police lorry took away a silver Peugeot 307 from a block of flats on Grange Road. Officers are hoping to find vital clues about how the attacks were planned.

This morning all four people were being transported south to London's high security Paddington Green police station to be questioned. The arrests follow those in March of three men charged with conducting reconnaissance for the attacks.

The men, all originally from the Beeston area of Leeds, are accused of conspiring with the four suicide bombers to cause explosions on London transport and tourist attractions in London. They were the first to be charged in connection with attacks following an investigation lasting nearly two years.
 
Peter Clarke, head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command, said at the time he believed the West Yorkshire community was withholding information about the attacks.

"I firmly believe that there are other people who have knowledge of what lay behind the attacks in July 2005 - knowledge that they have not shared with us,” he said. ”In fact, I don't only believe it. I know it for a fact.”

Today a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said they remained committed to discovering all they could about the events leading up to the attacks. Since July 2005, when 52 people were murdered, they have taken 15,000 statements and followed 19,000 leads.

The spokesman added: “Detectives have continued to pursue many lines of inquiry both here in the UK and overseas. This remains a painstaking investigation with a substantial amount of information being analysed and investigated.

"As we have said previously, we are determined to follow the evidence wherever it takes us to identify any other person who may have been involved, in any way, in the terrorist attacks.”

"We need to know who else, apart from the bombers, knew what they were planning. Did anyone encourage them? Did anyone help them with money, or accommodation?”

Sidique Khan married in 2002 and his wife had a daughter two years later. She was pregnant at the time of the attacks and later suffered a miscarriage. Her mother, Farida Patel, originally from Gujarat in India, was a teacher at a high school in the town.

MI5 were heavily criticised last week for their failure to identify the July 7 bombers as part of an operation 17 months earlier. Sidique Khan and Tanweer were spotted as part of the surveillance operation on a bomb plot based in Crawley and the car followed back to Sidique Khan's mother-in-law's home in Dewsbury.

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May 9 2007, 11:43 AM #5

Whos property in Tempest Road was searched apart from Tanweer's?

Does anyone else suspect that this arrest of Khan's wife is more than strange given the timings? Perhaps interviewers/journalists were beating a path to her door! I'm also surprised she stayed in the Dewsbury area.
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May 9 2007, 11:54 AM #6

A house in Tempest Road was searched during the March arrests of 3 suspects:

http://z13.invisionfree.com/julyseventh ... p=12031040
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May 9 2007, 11:58 AM #7

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