A CHILLING look inside the lair of the 7/7 London bombers emerged last night.
Photographs of the West Yorkshire bomb factory, littered with material for making explosives strewn everywhere, were shown to the inquest into the terrorist attacks.
Inside the flat the suicide bombers – including former Rawthorpe student Jermaine Lindsay – concocted the deadly bombs which were to kill 52 people.
Pans used to boil down the hydrogen peroxide used in the deadly homemade devices sit on the hob in the kitchen, while the bath is filled with containers of chemicals.
The pictures show the chaotic scene that met police when they raided 18 Alexandra Grove, Leeds, five days after the July 7, 2005, London bombings.Related content
Officers found two kinds of high explosive, an improvised detonator, respirators and scraps of paper listing equipment needed and the quantities of chemicals to mix to make the bombs.
Hot plates linked to fans used to make the hydrogen peroxide more concentrated were found throughout the two-bedroom ground-floor local authority flat.
Plastic tubs containing a yellow-brown explosive sludge were left open in one of the bedrooms, while the lounge was littered with packaging from items bought for the bombs. Curtains were taped to the walls to stop prying eyes seeing what was going on inside the flat.
The detonator was made from a lightbulb, wire, aluminium foil and a high explosive called HMTD, the inquest heard.
Det Con Richard Reynolds, of the Metropolitan Police’s SO15 counter-terrorism command, said: “A lot of these items have an innocent everyday use, but in the context of this particular inquiry are significant.”
The respirators were used by the terrorists because the hydrogen peroxide gave off noxious fumes as they boiled it down, killing plants outside one of the flat’s windows and blistering the paintwork inside. Dc Reynolds noted: “The environment that they were working in would have been quite hostile.”
The bombers – Mohammed Siddique Khan, 30, of Dewsbury, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Lindsay, 19, and Hasib Hussain, 18 – made no attempt to disguise their work at the flat, the inquest heard.
The police officer said: “Within the actual premises itself, nothing was actually secreted or hidden.”