7 July 2005 London bombings
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On 7 July 2005, a series of suicide bombings were committed by Islamic extremists around various sites in London, England: three in the London Underground and a fourth on a bus in Tavistock Square. The event is often referred to as 7/7. The bombers responsible were Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Hasib Hussain, and Germaine Lindsay. 56 people were killed in the bombings.
Just as with every major terrorist incident, conspiracy nuts came crawling out from their underground bunkers to argue that the London bombings weren't actually committed by the accused men. This has mostly taken the form of garishly-designed blogs, amateur videos, and lectures delivered to the nuttier wing of the Muslim community.
The 7/7 Ripple Effect, an amateurly produced conspiracy film that you can watch in its entirety on YouTube, is the July 7 equivalent of Loose Change. It was produced by "Muad Dib", who is not a Muslim, incidentally, but a pseudonym derived from Frank Herbert's Dune novel; Dib is actually a Sheffield-born man living in Ireland named John Hill, who believes that he is the Messiah.
One of the constant nagging pains for the conspiracy crowd has been the presence of Rachel North, a writer and blogger who was on one of the trains that was attacked and has skewered their theories in the media. They generally respond by claiming that she is a fictional person invented by the government for some nefarious purpose or other.
- Profile: Mohammad Sidique Khan, BBC News, 30 April 2007
- The July 7th Truth Campaign
- Profile: Shehzad Tanweer, BBC News, 6 July 2006
- Profile: Germaine Lindsay, BBC News. 11 May 2006
- 7 July London bombings: What happened that day?, BBC News, July 3, 2015
- "Unmasking the mysterious 7/7 conspiracy theorist", BBC News Magazine, 30 June 2009
- Khaled Diab, "Losing the plot", The Guardian, 3 July 2009
- Andy Hayman's book, 7/7 conspiracy theories and the campaign for a 7/7 inquiry, Rachel from North London, 4 July 2009