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London Suspects Have Ties to East Africa

At least three of the four suspects in the July 21 attempted bombings on the London subway and a bus were born in East Africa, where al-Qaida-linked groups still operate and may be growing in strength, according to a new assessment by counterterrorism experts. The attackers, at least two of them naturalized British citizens, were born in Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea and there is no evidence they have been back there recently. But East Africa has several indigenous terror groups and has suffered three al-Qaida attacks since 1998. “There is a genuine threat, there is no doubt the networks are still present and they retain the capacity to strike again,” said Matt Bryden, an East Africa analyst for the think-tank International Crisis Group. “On the other hand, much more is known about these groups, there has been an intelligence surge in the last few years, they are kept under pressure.” Full Story

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