Sympathie mit 7/7-Terroristen
In einem Newsday-Artikel wird ein Grund dafür angegeben, weshalb die Ermittler in England Schwierigkeiten haben, den Fall aufzuklären: Die islamistischen Bomber haben viele Sympathisanten. In diesem Zusammenhang möchte ein weiteres mal auf die Dokumentation über Al Qaeda in Europa verweisen.
But anti-terrorism officials say the investigations of the bombings and failed follow-up attacks on July 21 have been slow and difficult. Not only are extremist networks murky and fragmented, but investigators also have run into resistance and radicalization on the street: In a recent poll of British Muslims, almost a quarter of respondents said they felt some sympathy with the motives of the subway bombers.
"The absence of hard data on 7/7 is striking," Shamit Saggar, a political science professor at the University of Sussex, said at the conference at the Royal United Services Institute think tank. "The only way we can explain that is as a significant circle of tacit support existing in that community."
Three of the four dead bombers were middle-class Britons of Pakistani origin from the northern region of Yorkshire. Investigators suspect that they got help and training from an Al Qaeda network in Pakistan that had targeted Britain before. In contrast, the imprisoned would-be bombers who on July 21 tried to blow up three trains and a bus were East African refugees and ex-convicts based in London.