Politiet tror det er bekjente av Crevice-gjengen som står bak de tre bilbombene Storbritannia. Crevice-gjengen er kjent for å ha lagret et halvt tonn kunstgjødsel. De planla å bombe nattklubben Ministry of Sound og kjøpesenteret Bluewater i Kent.
De seks medlemmene ble dømt til livsvarig i april. Under rettssaken kom det frem at Crevice-gjengen hadde kontakt med t-banebomberne fra 7/7. Leder av Crevice-gjengen, Omar Khyam, ble overvåket mens han møtte Mohammad Sidique Khan, leder av 7/7.
Både Crevice-gjengen og 7/7-folkene var på trening i Pakistan. Politiet tror at begge grupper sto i kontakt med Al Qaida og fikk instruksjon.
Marerittet for britisk politi er at det er så mange mennesker å holde styr på at de «misser» noen. Det kan være fatalt.
Politiet tror at det er celler med tilknytning til Crevice-gjengen som står bak en eller flere av bilbombene. Minst en av dem hadde meldeplikt, men brøt den for seks uker siden.
Lydopptaket om hvordan gjengen diskuterer bombingen av nattklubben Ministry of Sound sjokkerte rettssalen. MI5 hadde avlyttet leiligheten til Jawad Akbar, som på den tid var student ved Brunel-universitetet.
Akbar, then 20 and studying at Brunel University, suggested targeting bars and added: «The biggest nightclub in central London where no one can even turn around and say ‘oh they were innocent’, those slags dancing around and other things.»
Apparently referring to the September 11 2001 attacks on America, he added: «Trust me, then you will get the public talking ’cause they targeted economics, yeah, but if you went for the social structure where every Tom, Dick and Harry goes on a Saturday night, yeah, that would be crazy, crazy thing.»
Omar Khyam, one of the leaders of the gang, asked him: «If you got a job in a bar, yeah, say the Ministry of Sound, what are you planning to do there then?»
Akbar told him: «Blow the whole thing up.»
Referring to the Bali nightclub bomb, he added: «I mean if you got that done in this country, yeah bruv, that would shock them. I’m talking about England is supposed to be the centre of everything, isn’t it, in the world right now.
»Whenever you talk about it the British are so proud of it, when you think of it every single person goes, London supposed to be the highlight, yeah. Look at their security, it’s crap, it’s a joke.» He apparently added: «You think, why aren’t we attacking it?»
Khyam told him: «You have a proper plan, simultaneous, it’s got to be big and effective.»
Akbar said: «Our purpose is to defend the honour of the Muslim, yeah, and bring the Islamic state back because if the Islamic state were here then the problems would not be there.»
The two men, both from Crawley, West Sussex, were discussing leaving their wives and families behind and whether Akbar was ready to join Khyam fighting Jihad in Pakistan.
Khyam said he believed Britain was a kufr [heathen] country and added: «You see things different, but me, it’s just nothing, they just need to be killed and blood spilled. To me this is clear.
»The verse says lay in ambush for them, besiege them and kill them when you find them, to me that’s just clear, kill them.»
Quoting the Koran, Akbar said: «The best thing you can do is put terror in their hearts, there is no doubt, there is nothing better than that. We put fear in their hearts.»
Khyam warned him to talk to those «running the Jihad [Holy War]» at the top in Pakistan and added: «So now in England, imagine you do something and there’s brothers here you could jeopardise them, so it’s better to consult those who are running the Jihad. There’s a structure so work within the structure.»
He added: «It’s waiting bro. . . everyone’s ready now, innit.»
The pair also talked of other targets, including water, electricity and telecommunications but Khyam said it would have to be a «such a big explosion that hundreds of people died».
The Ministry of Sound was founded by James Palumbo, the son of Lord Palumbo in south London in 1991.
It was described as Britain’s «most profitable club» with three bars and a VIP area, a capacity of 2,200, and a mixture of white, black, and Asian clubbers, including many tourists.
Ett av medlemmene, Anthony Garcia, har en bror, Lamine Adam, som skal ha vært svært oppsatt på å bombe en nattklubb. Adam er på frifot.
A key member of the Crevice gang was Anthony Garcia. During his trial, an Al-Qaeda supergrass revealed that Garcia’s brother, Lamine Adam, had allegedly wanted to bomb a nightclub and was seeking a formula for explosives.
The supergrass’s testimony was not considered strong enough for prosecution. However, Adam, 26, and his younger brother, Ibrahim, 20, were placed on control orders in February 2006 on the grounds that they planned to kill British soldiers serving abroad.
The two brothers and a friend, Cerie Bullivant, 24, who was put on a control order last July, went on the run six weeks ago. Police think they may have slipped abroad, but they cannot rule out that the trio could still pose a threat within the UK.
Politiet sier angrepene kom som lyn fra klar himmel. Det kan bety at det var mennesker de kjente til, men ikke visste forberedte noe. Det kan reise spørsmål om utvidet overvåking og registrering.
Security officials insist there was no intelligence pointing to a car bomb attack in the West End. But there are concerns that extremists who were on the surveillance back-burner could have escaped their attentions.
«They are saying this is leftfield, that it came out of the blue,» said a senior Whitehall official. «What that means is they think it’s possible that these were people they have been aware of who suddenly did this.
«It may be that these are people that they know about – but just hadn’t realised what they were up to.»
Patrick Mercer, the Tory MP and security expert, said: «The real nervousness for the agencies is that these may be people they know but haven’t picked up. It’s happened before.
«It calls into question the strategy about leaving these people in play and not arresting them.»
Bildet viser Crevice-gjengen: Øverst fra venstre: Jawad Akbar, Omar Khyam og hans bror Shujah Mahmood. Nederst fra venstre: Salahuddin Amin, Anthony Garcia og Waheed Mahmood.