By Bruce Smith
A NEW picture – the clearest yet – of Leeds- suicide bus bomber Hasib Hussain has been released in a fresh appeal to track the July 7 terrorists.
The CCTV picture shows a relaxed Hussain,18, of Colenso Mount, Holbeck Leeds, leaving the Boots shop at King’s Cross railway station at 9am – just 47 minutes before he blew up a number 30 bus killing 13 people and himself in Tavistock Square in London .
Hussain, a former pupil of Matthew Murray High School, Holbeck, Leeds, is shown walking casually with his backpack containing its deadly charge and dressed in blue jeans, shirt and jacket.
He is pictured about 45 minutes after arriving in London and just 10 minutes after his co-conspirator suicide bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, from Dewsbury; Shehzad Tanweer, 22, from,Beeston, Leeds, and Jermaine Lindsay, 19, originally from Huddersfield, detonated three bombs separately on the London Underground.
Detectives investigating the atrocities which claimed 52 innocent lives, hope the release of the picture will jog the memories of people who may have seen Hussain that day and uncover more information about where he went and what he did before boarding the No 30 bus.
It is suspected that Hussain had planned to board a train on the Underground’s Northern Line but was unable to do so because of engineering work.
Apparently unclear about what to do next, it is believed he wandered around for an hour. It is thought he left King’s Cross and walked towards Euston station, before boarding a bus that was held up in traffic congestion caused by the tube bombings.
He got off that bus and boarded the No 30 he subsequently blasted while sitting on the top deck.
By the time he was filmed at Boots he would assume the other bombers had fulfilled their mission.
But it is believed he still made three mobile phone calls to his accomplices, who were already dead.
It is possible that being frustrated in his plan to bomb the Underground he targeted the bus spontaneously.
It is believed that Hussain had not previously come to the attention of police and had told his parents he was going to London to meet friends.
Andy Hayman, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations at the Metropolitan Police, said it was possible that Hussain bought items in Boots or other shops or may have even spoken to passers-by.
It recently emerged that the three other bombers travelled to London on Tuesday, June 28, to familiarise themselves with the area.
Arriving at King’s Cross, they spent three hours checking timings, security systems and the Underground network.