September 22, 2005

London bomb suspect held on return from Italy

LONDON (Reuters) - A man suspected of being one of four
bombers who launched botched attacks on London's transport
system on July 21 arrived in Britain from Italy on Thursday to
face charges of plotting murder.

Ethiopian-born Briton Osman Hussein, also known as Hamdi
Isaac, was flown with British police officers to a Royal Air
Force base at Northolt in west London on Thursday after failing
in a bid to block his extradition.

"On his arrival in the UK, officers ... will arrest Osman
on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder
and alleged offences under the explosive substances act 1883,"
London's Metropolitan Police said before the plane touched

"Osman, of no fixed abode, will be taken to a central
London police station where he will be formally charged," the
police said in a statement.

The July 21 attacks killed no one but brought chaos to
London, mimicking attacks exactly two weeks earlier by four
British Muslim suicide bombers, who killed 52 people on three
underground trains and a bus.

British police accuse Osman and three others -- Ibrahim
Muktar Said, Ramzi Mohammed and Yassin Hassan Omar -- of trying
to set off bombs on three underground trains and a bus, saying
the devices failed to detonate.

Osman was captured in Rome a week after the failed attacks
and is accused of trying to blow up a train at Shepherds Bush
in west London.

Said, Mohammed and Omar were arrested in Britain and have
already been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to
murder and explosive offences.

Osman's Italian lawyers had fought his extradition from
Italy, arguing they had not received proof a crime had been