London-bomberne mottok penger og kodede beskjeder fra Saudi-Arabia. Myndighetene sier det var fra to Al-Qaida-ledere som siden er skutt ihjel av sikkerhetsstyrkene.
Two senior al-Qaeda operatives in Saudi Arabia made money transfers and used coded text messages to communicate with suspected terrorists in Britain before last month’s attacks in London, according to officials in the kingdom.
The two men, of Moroccan descent, have since been shot dead. Younis Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hayari, allegedly al-Qaeda’s leader in Saudi Arabia, was killed in Riyadh three weeks ago and Abdel Karim al-Mejati died in a shoot-out in the central al-Qassim region in April.
Saudi security officials suspect both men of involvement in the attacks in London on July 7 and 21 and say that al-Qaeda is definitely operating in Britain. «It’s beyond doubt they’re active in your country,» said one.
Huge amounts of chemicals and other bomb-making materials were found at al-Hayari’s hideout. Al-Mejati is said to have planned the train bombings in Madrid in March last year.
A Saudi security adviser said: «We are trying to establish whether the money was directly linked to the individuals who carried out either the first or the second sets of bombings in London.
«The messages and the money transfers were highly professional. They were using SIM cards for six hours and then throwing them away.»