September 22, 2005

London bomb suspect charged with murder attempt

By Peter Graff

LONDON (Reuters) - A man extradited from Italy was charged
on Thursday with possessing explosives and attempted murder as
part of the botched attacks by four would-be bombers on the
London transport system on July 21.

Ethiopian-born Briton Hussein Osman, also known as Hamdi
Issac, was flown back from Italy with British police officers
to a Royal Air Force base at Northolt in west London after
failing to have his extradition blocked.

London's Metropolitan Police said he had been charged with
conspiracy to murder and attempted murder as well as conspiracy
to cause an explosion and possession of explosives.

"He will appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court sitting at
Belmarsh" on Friday, police said in a statement.

The July 21 attacks killed no one but brought chaos to the
capital, 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 Shepherd's 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

(Additional reporting by Michael Holden and Jeremy Lovell)