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UK probes ties between British bombers and Libya, Algeria

British investigators are trying to determine whether the two Britons who committed last week’s fatal suicide bombing in Tel Aviv had ties to Libyan or Algerian terrorist organizations, the British media reported yesterday. According to the Sun, the authorities are investigating whether Omar Sharif, who escaped after his explosives failed to detonate and is still being searched for in Israel, was recruited by members of an Algerian terrorist cell recently arrested on suspicion of setting up a laboratory in London for the manufacture of Ricin poison. Sharif was in contact with Algerian activists, the paper said. Three Israelis were killed and about 60 wounded in the bombing at Mike’s Bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront last Wednesday. The Daily Telegraph reported that one of the six suspects arrested to date by the British police in connection with the bombing – who include Sharif’s wife, sisters and brother – was found at the Nottingham residence of Altaf Abassi, who served as an agent for Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi in the 1980s. The paper said that Sharif and the other bomber, Asif Hanif, were persuaded by extremist organizations in Britain to study in Damascus, where they encountered local terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah. Full Story

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