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UK to release intelligence info on July 7 attacks

The intelligence services have amassed a vast file of information about the London attacks.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 17:19 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

The British government has said it was considering publishing some of the intelligence findings about the July 7 London transit bombings.

Police and the intelligence services have amassed a vast file of information about the attacks on three rush-hour subway trains and a bus, which killed 56 people, including four bombers.

A Home Office spokesman said Home Secretary Charles Clarke "has been considering whether an account of what happened on July 7 could be prepared by the Home Office - including drawing together intelligence and police material - without the risk of compromising intelligence sources or prejudicing any possible prosecutions."

"We hope to be able to say something further on these issues in due course," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Government says it has no plans to hold a public inquiry into the attacks, the deadliest bombings on British soil since World War II. But it has acknowledged that relatives of the victims and many others seek an account of the attackers' motivation and preparation.

Details of an investigation would normally emerge during a trial, but in this case the four main suspects - three British men of Pakistani descent and a Jamaican-born convert to Islam - are dead. No one else has been charged over the attacks.

Patrick Mercer, home-affairs spokesman for the opposition Conservative Party, said only an independent inquiry would answer questions about the attacks, including "links between homegrown and international terrorists.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 17:19 IST