Bombers used unregistered mobiles to stay hidden

The 7/7 bombers evaded detection by buying unregistered pay-as-you-go mobile phones which they used for only a few weeks before dumping them, an inquest heard today.







A police expert said the four suicide attackers employed "tradecraft" counter-surveillance techniques to ensure their communications were not intercepted.



They each bought "operational" phones, which they kept separate from their personal mobiles and used solely for planning the July 7 2005 London bombings, the hearing was told.



From May 2005 until the attacks, bombers Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, and Hasib Hussain, 18, used four different operational phones and Jermaine Lindsay, 19, used three.



Detective Sergeant Mark Stuart, a Metropolitan Police expert in telecommunications data, told the hearing that mobiles belonging to Khan, Hussain and Lindsay were recovered from the bomb sites.



Police were able to recover data from Lindsay's phone, including the SIM card number and text messages that he received and sent.



The inquests have heard that the terrorists might have originally planned to carry out the bombings 24 hours earlier, when the capital was due to learn whether it had won the 2012 Olympic Games.



Plot ringleader Khan visited Dewsbury Hospital in West Yorkshire with his wife, Hasina Patel, on July 5 because of complications with her pregnancy.



Khan apparently postponed the planned attacks in a text message to Lindsay at 4.35am on July 6 which read: "Havin major problem cant make time will ring ya when i got it sorted wait at home."



Lindsay replied at 4.41am: "No bulls*** doctor! fix it!"



On the morning of July 7, Khan, Tanweer, and Hussain drove from their bomb factory in Leeds to Luton railway station, where they met up with Lindsay and caught a train to London.



Within three minutes of 8.50am, Tanweer detonated his bomb at Aldgate, Khan set his device off at Edgware Road and Lindsay blew himself up between King's Cross and Russell Square.



Hussain detonated his device on board the number 30 bus at Tavistock Square nearly an hour later.



A total of 52 innocent people were killed and more than 700 injured in the attacks, the worst single terrorist atrocity on British soil.



DS Stuart said the four bombers displayed "tradecraft" in their use of mobile phones.



He defined this as "taking care over your communications, buying pre-paid unregistered phones, changing them regularly to avoid detection".



Referring to the operational phones, he said: "Apart from calls to each other, the only other calls made were to car hire companies, including the car hire company that was eventually used for the Nissan Micra left at Luton railway station on the 7th."



The inquests also heard that Scotland Yard made nearly 4,500 requests to phone companies for information as part of the massive investigation into the July 7 attacks.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Life and Style
food + drink
Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Life and Style
Tikka Masala has been overtaken by Jalfrezi as the nation's most popular curry
food + drink
News
UK Border Control
i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: E-Commerce Manager - Fashion Accessories

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Senior / Assistant Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Exciting new position available at an independ...

Recruitment Genius: Bookkeeper / Credit Controller

£20000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The successful candidate will h...

Recruitment Genius: Office Junior / Assistant

£7800 - £13455 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A career opportunity has become ...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn