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Terrorists can strike again: London police

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: British security forces have warned that the terrorists behind Thursday's serial bomb blasts in London can strike again as they are still at large.

The warning came as two days after the carnage, in which more than 50 persons were killed and hundreds injured, the police still had no idea who the perpetrators might have been, though suspicion continued to be centred around a group or groups with links to Al-Qaeda, especially after another extremist web site on Saturday claimed that terrorists of the outfit carried out the bombings.

The claim was made in a statement posted in the name of the Europe division of Al-Qaeda's Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades. "A group of mujahedeen from a division of the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades piled blow after blow on the infidel capital, the British capital, leaving dead and injured," it said.

As London started returning to a semblance of normality, the police warned that the threat persisted. Security sources were quoted as saying that the people responsible for the atrocity were "still out there, and could do it again."

A key line of police inquiry focussed on the possibility that terrorists behind the bombings might have been "home-grown" British citizens radicalised by religious extremists in the wake of Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Prime Minister Tony Blair said no amount of security was a guarantee against a terrorist attack. "Probably with this type of terrorism the solution cannot only be the security measures... If people are actually prepared to go on to the Tube or a bus and blow up wholly innocent people... you can have all the surveillance in the world and you couldn't stop that happening," he told the BBC.

Mr. Blair praised the "great inner resilience" of Londoners and said their response to the tragedy was "extraordinary." He welcomed the strong condemnation of the attacks by Britain's Muslim community. He said the important thing was to "pull together and to make sure that people can't divide us."

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