Teenager charged over London Tube bombing was orphan from Iraq: reports
Ahmed Hassan is suspected of attempting to murder passengers on the packed tube train in west London.
A suspect for the London train bombing is an orphaned Iraqi asylum seeker who blamed Tony Blair for the war in his country, British media reported on Saturday.
Ahmed Hassan, 18, has been charged with attempted murder and using chemicals to cause an explosion likely to endanger life over the failed attack on a London metro train during the morning rush hour on September 15.
The device was packed with screws and knives to cause maximum harm, a court heard on Friday according to the Times. Thirty people were injured but the failure of the device to properly detonate meant that nobody was killed. One woman suffered serious burns.
Mr Hassan was one of six people who has been detained over the attack, with three released without charge. He was arrested at the port of Dover on Britain's south coast one week ago.
The arrest led to a police search of a home in Sunbury-on-Thames, some 100 miles away, where he lived with foster parents, who have been honoured by the government for their work with children.
Mr Hassan allegedly bought some key parts of the bomb from Amazon before the device was stowed in a bucket hidden inside a supermarket carrier bag, according to the Telegraph. It was left near the door of a busy commuter train before exploding when it reached the next station on London’s underground network.
The teenager arrived illegally in the country in 2015 and the central London court heard that he had expressed anger at Tony Blair over the war in Iraq, the newspaper reported.
Updated: September 23, 2017 05:47 PM