Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Agents Knew 7/7 Terrorist Was Trawling Net to Learn about Bombs; ALDGATE KILLER SPOTTED MONTH BEFORE BLAST BUT UK SECURITY FORCES WEREN'T TOLD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Agents Knew 7/7 Terrorist Was Trawling Net to Learn about Bombs; ALDGATE KILLER SPOTTED MONTH BEFORE BLAST BUT UK SECURITY FORCES WEREN'T TOLD

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Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS

ONE of the 7/7 bombers was caught by intelligence services surfing the internet looking for bomb recipes weeks before the atrocity.

Senior sources have told the Evening Standard that Shezhad Tanweer, the Aldgate bomber, was "picked up" around a month before the bombings last year by a foreign intelligence service monitoring a militant website.

But the intelligence was never acted upon. British security sources have told the Standard they were never told about it.

The revelation came ahead of two official reports into the 7/7 bombings being published tomorrow.

The Home Office will present a "narrative" of what the Government knew about the bombers, while the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee will clear the UK police and security services of "intelligence failure".

But they will reveal that ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan was filmed in the company of other terrorist suspects by MI5 months before the attacks.

Sources suggest he was overheard talking about his desire to fight Holy War and discussing saying "goodbye" to his family, suggesting he was bent on a suicide mission.

Surveillance on Khan was ruled out before the attacks because of a lack of manpower. The ISC report will ask why more was not done to fully investigate Khan.

It concludes the bombings could have been prevented with better intelligence - but clears any single agency of error and instead blames a lack of resources. The separate Home Office "narrative" confirms the "homemade" terrorist attack cost only a few hundred pounds and that the bombers acted alone, not under orders from al Qaeda.

But the separate revelation about Tanweer's internet surfing will raise questions about security failings. It is not clear what, if anything, was done with the information. …

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