British police searching a flat on a housing estate in north London say they may have found material for making explosives.
The apartement was used by at least one of the suspects thought to be behind last week’s failed bombings. Although five men are in custody, Scotland Yard says it is a race against time to prevent further attacks.
Meanwhile Tony Blair has made a strident attack on the terrorists and their supporters.
“My point to you is this, it’s time we stopped saying ‘okay, we abhorr their methods but we kind of see something in their ideas, or maybe they’ve got a sliver of excuse or justification’. They have got no justification for it,” he said.
His tone becoming more angry, he added: “And one other thing I would like to say while I’m on this subject if I might, neither have they any justification for killing people in Israel either. Let’s just get that out of the way as well. There is no justification for suicide bombing whether in Palestine, Iraq, in London, Egypt, in Turkey, anywhere, in the USA
, there is no justification for it. Period.”
Earlier the prime minister met leaders from the two main opposition parties to discuss strengthening anti-terrorism laws.
All three supported using “phone tap” evidence in court, but there were reservations over police demands to hold suspects for up to three months without charge.
Blair has asked the public to help find the four men who struck last week, who it is thought are either in a safe house or being harboured by sympathisers.