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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2005, 21:51 GMT 22:51 UK
Tube bomb suspect held by police
Yassin Hassan Omar
Yassin Hassan Omar is suspected of attempting an attack on 21 July
Suspected bomber Yassin Hassan Omar is being questioned in London over the failed July 21 attacks after his arrest in Birmingham, police have confirmed.

A Taser stun gun was used by officers arresting Omar, 21 - suspected of the attack near Warren Street Tube station - who was found alone in a house.

Police stressed they were still looking for three other men over the attacks.

Officers also raided a house in Stockwell, arresting three women, police confirmed.

'Driven away'

Police raided a ground floor flat at Blair House, which is 200 yards from Stockwell Tube station in south London, at about 1800BST (1700GMT).

Police said three women from the Stockwell area were arrested on suspicion of harbouring offenders.

"They have been taken to a central London police station, where they remain in custody. The arrests are in connection with the ongoing investigations into the events of 21 July," a police spokeswoman said.

The front of the flat was later covered up with a blue tarpaulin, and the police are continuing their investigation.

On Wednesday, police also released a second picture of a man they suspect attempted to bomb a Tube at Shepherd's Bush on 21 July.

The unidentified man was pictured on a bus after the attempt.

Residents evacuated

Omar was arrested in Heybarnes Road, in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, at 0430 BST on Wednesday, and later taken to London's high-security Paddington Green police station.

It is believed a rucksack Omar was carrying at the time of his arrest was thrown out of a window by officers.

Suspect on Number 220 bus
Police suspect this man of involvement in 21 July attack at Shepherd's Bush

"There was no intelligence to suggest that there were explosives in the house but local residents were evacuated as a precaution," deputy assistant commissioner Peter Clarke said, as a detailed forensic examination continued.

"This of course is an important development in the investigation.

"However, I must stress how important it is for the public to remain watchful and alert.

"We are still looking for the other three men whose pictures we have released and who we believe tried to set off bombs on 21 July," DAC Clarke said.

He praised the help from the public in "driving forward this investigation" into both 7 and 21 July attacks.

He said the identities of two of the men had not yet been confirmed. Police had previously named Ibrahim Muktar Said, 27 - also known as Muktar Mohammed Said - as a suspect from the attempted bomb on the Number 26 bus.

X-ray of bomb found at Luton railway station after 7 July attacks (Source: ABC)
X-ray of a bomb found at Luton after the 7 July attacks (ABC image)

DAC Clarke released a second picture of the Shepherd's Bush suspect on Wednesday.

The first picture had shown him at Westbourne Park Tube station wearing a short-sleeved dark blue England football shirt and dark trousers.

After the failed bombing, he ran from Shepherd's Bush station, and police believe he threw away the shirt, possibly in MacFarlane Road, about 1230 BST.

He was later pictured wearing a white vest on the Number 220 bus about 1320 BST, which he travelled on to Wandsworth, getting off at 1407 BST.

"I must emphasise that until these men are arrested, they remain a threat," Mr Clarke said.

London raid

After a day of other arrests and searches in London and Birmingham, armed police raided an address in Stockwell, south London, on Wednesday evening.

Scotland Yard has confirmed the raid was in connection with the attempted bombings of 21 July and said the residential property was being searched.

Previous developments included:

  • Footage is shown on US television of an X-ray of a bomb found at Luton railway station after the 7 July bombs in London.

  • Police searched two properties in Enfield and Finchley, north London

  • Two people were held in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on a train travelling to King's Cross, under the Terrorism Act 2000 at 2300 BST on Tuesday following information from two off-duty Met police officers. The two were released without charge on Wednesday after police said they were not connected to a terrorist threat

  • A man who was detained under the Terrorism Act at Luton Airport has been allowed to continue his journey to Nimes in France. Police said they had responded to reports the man looked like one of the bombing suspects and he was held while his identity was checked

  • The body of innocent Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, who was shot by officers at Stockwell Tube, is to be returned to Brazil for a funeral

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair described the Birmingham arrests as "an important development".

In Birmingham, shortly after Omar was arrested, a further three men were detained at a separate address and were being held in the city.

27 July - Man arrested in Small Heath, Birmingham
27 July - Three men arrested in Ward End, Birmingham
25 July - Man arrested near Curtis House, north London
24 July - Man arrested near Curtis House
23 July - Man arrested in Tulse Hill, south London. Held until 30 July
22 July - Two men arrested in Stockwell, south London. One was released on 27 July and the second is still being held

Omar's detention followed a joint operation between West Midlands Police and officers from the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch.

A second address in Bankdale Road, in Ward End, Birmingham, was raided a little later, and three men were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Mr Blair praised the police for their efforts, saying they have "been working extraordinarily hard on this and have shown a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication to the task in hand".

"I think it is an important development," he added.

Train images

US broadcaster ABC News has shown exclusive photographs of bombs found at Luton railway station following the 7 July attacks, including an X-ray of one with nails sticking out of a bottle-shaped object.

It also had images of the inside of the trains damaged by bombs at Edgware Road and King's Cross on 7 July.

Meanwhile, a flat in north London linked to two of the 21 July suspects is being searched, and police say chemicals found there and in a garage may have been intended for use in explosives.

Police have linked Omar and Ibrahim Muktar Said to the flat in the 12-storey Curtis House, in Ladderswood Way, New Southgate.

All journeys started between 12:20 and 12:25. Times approx.

Man boards northbound Northern Line train at Stockwell and tries to set off bomb between Stockwell and Oval, where he leaves the train. He is chased out of the station at 1235 BST, but escapes towards Brixton.

Man, identified by police as Ibrahim Muktar Said - or Muktar Mohammed Said - also sets off from Stockwell. Boards Number 26 bus at 1253 at Bank. Police believe he was carrying bomb in a grey and black rucksack, and tried to detonate bomb while on board. Gets off in Hackney Road, near junction with Columbia Road, at 1306.

Man who police believe is Yassin Hassan Omar boards Tube train at Stockwell carrying a purple rucksack that they say contained a bomb. Later tries to set off bomb on a northbound Victoria Line train between Oxford Circus and Warren Street, detectives say. Seen without rucksack at 1240 in Warren Street Station before running towards exit and vaulting over ticket barriers.

SHEPHERD'S BUSH: Man wearing dark blue baseball cap and carrying small rucksack enters Westbourne Park Tube station and gets a train travelling towards Shepherd's Bush on Hammersmith & City Line. Tries to set off bomb at 1225 before escaping, probably through window at the end of the carriage, and running along the tracks.

See where armed police raided a house in Birmingham

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