- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007

LONDON — Three men were found guilty today of plotting to bomb London’s public transport system on July 21, 2005, two weeks after a coordinated suicide bombing attack on the network killed 52 commuters.

The jury was still deliberating on three co-defendants.

The men were accused of attempting to detonate explosives-laden backpacks on three subway trains and a bus in a mirror image of the July 7, 2005 attacks. The devices — made from hydrogen peroxide and acetone — failed to explode, and no one was injured.

All six suspects denied the charges, saying the devices were duds and their actions a protest against the Iraq war.

The verdicts, which follow a six-month trial, come days after police uncovered a plot to detonate car bombs in London’s entertainment district and two men rammed a flaming Jeep Cherokee into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland.

Convicted of conspiracy to murder were Muktar Said Ibrahim, 29; Yassin Omar, 26; and Ramzi Mohammed, 25.

Judge Adrian Fulford told the jury of nine women and three men he would accept 10-2 majority verdicts on the other three defendants, Hussain Osman, 28; Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 34; and Adel Yahya, 24.

The explosives were packed in plastic tubs, with screws, bolts and other pieces of metal taped to the outside as shrapnel. The detonators contained triacetone triperoxide (TATP), an explosive used by the July 7 bombers.

Omar and Mohammed set off their devices aboard two subway trains; a couple of hours later Ibrahim’s device failed aboard a double-decker bus.

Police said scientific tests on the devices proved they were all viable. They do not know why they failed.

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