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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Britain - How Did Hussain Escape

That's the biq question surrounding Osman Hussain, one of the Muslim terrorists who attacked London.

Hussain claims "his cell was not linked to either al-Qaida or the cell that carried out deadly bombings July 7, Italian media reported."

But then how does he explain the ease with which he escaped Britain, fled to France and then made it to Milan and onto Rome?

Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu, briefing lawmakers, said Hussain counted on an extensive network from the Horn of Africa in Italy to protect him in his flight from London, through Paris and to Rome.

"During the investigation, it has been possible to pinpoint an extensive network of subjects from the Eritrean and Ethiopian communities in Italy considered to have played a role in covering for the fugitive," the minister said.

Top anti-terrorism investigators have said for years that Italy is a logistics base for international terrorists, including in providing false documents to help travel.


And it turns out his real name might not be Hussain afterall.

Newspapers said Hussain's real name was Hamdi Isaac. His brother, who was also reported arrested Friday after guiding police to Hussain's hideout in Rome, was identified in news accounts as Remzi Isaac.


The Sunday Times has some answers. And they aren't pretty.
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