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31 July 2005

The Times in Fact-Check Shocker

"There has been a series of incorrect statements made by the authorities. The July 7 bombs were initially said to have exploded over almost an hour. The timing of the Tube train attacks was later narrowed to a matter of seconds. Incorrect information was also given about the directions in which the trains were travelling.

The July 7 bombers were described as “clean skins” who had not crossed the intelligence radar. But one had been linked to another investigation a year ago and two travelled to Pakistan, where they had contact with al-Qaeda radicals.

The description of the explosive material recovered in Luton and Leeds varied, but sources have admitted that they cannot definitively identify it."

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