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General News of Friday, 9 November 2007

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Ghanaian "suicide bomber" pleads guilty


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LONDON -- A Ghanaian born man pleaded guilty to helping to plot al Qaeda-inspired botched suicide bombings on London's transport system on July 21, 2005.

Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, admitted a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions over the failed bombings.

The attacks were attempted two weeks after four British Islamists killed 52 people in suicide bombings on three underground trains and a bus in the capital.

Four men tried to detonate hydrogen peroxide-based bombs on July 21, but their homemade devices failed to explode and no one was killed.
They were all jailed in July for a minimum of 40 years but a jury failed to reach a verdict against Asiedu and another man, Adel Yahya.

Asiedu was due to face a re-trial starting next Monday and will now be sentenced on November 19. Prosecutors said he faces a life sentence.
Asiedu was supposed to be carrying a fifth bomb on the day but ended up dumping the rucksack with his device in a park in north London. He denied losing his nerve and said he just wanted to get rid of the bomb.
A few days after the failed attacks he handed himself into police and admitted in court that he then lied to detectives on an "epic scale".


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