Osama bin Laden Linked to London Plots in 2005 and 2006
Intelligence collected from bin Laden’s compound has led US officials to believe he was linked to the London suicide bombings in both 2005 and 2006. Although officials have expressed that there is no “smoking gun” evidence, they claim their conclusion is based off of solid analytical judgment.
It is assessed that bin Laden was well aware of and potentially involved in the operational details of the London-based plot that took place on July 7th, 2005. Furthermore, circumstantial evidence also revealed that he also had prior knowledge of the attempted bombings of London-based, US airline flights 2006; he was in close contact with al Qaeda militant leaders at the time.
The suicide bombings of 2005 resulted in the death of 52 civilians and more than 200 others injured, after four suicide bombers detonated explosives in three London underground trains and a bus. According to officials, it was “the last successful operation Osama bin Laden oversaw.”