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Report says attacks preventable { April 2006 }

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Report: London bombings were preventable

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- The bomb attacks on London's transit system last July 7 were preventable but proceeded because of a lack of resources, a British government committee says.

The all-party Intelligence and Security Committee report that studied the attacks by four suicide bombers who killed 52 people said there was also a need for the Security Service and Special Branches to come together "in a combined and coherent way."

The report, released Thursday, said Mohammed Sidique Khan, the ringleader of the four bombers was not fully investigated despite being known to security officials. Soon after the attacks it emerged that Khan had been under surveillance by British intelligence, but MI5 officers assigned to investigate him were diverted to another anti-terrorist operation, The Telegraph reported.

"The story of what was known about the July 7 group prior to July indicates that if more resources had been in place sooner the chances of preventing the July attacks could have increased," the committee said.

The report also said intelligence and security agencies currently have "no evidence" of direct links between the July 7 attacks and four further failed attacks on London transport targets on July 21.

Copyright 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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