Unraveling The Plot

How advanced forensics and old-fashioned footwork traced the London attacks to four homegrown suicide bombers with possible ties to al-Qaeda

The four men who met at London's King's Cross railway station must have looked ordinary enough to the thousands of commuters rushing to work on the morning of July 7. Three were British born--a 30-year-old grade-school teacher with a baby daughter and a reputation for devotion to his learning- disabled students; an 18-year-old described by friends as a "gentle giant," dressed that morning like the universal teenager, in denims and a sloppy jacket; a 22-year-old cricket fan who worked in his family's fish-and-chip shop in Leeds. The fourth was a 19-year-old Jamaican who had become a British citizen, married a British woman...

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