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May 01, 2003


Instapundit has this to say about the two suicide bombers with passports from Great Britain

Two British citizens were responsible for the suicide bombing of a pub in Tel Aviv early yesterday that killed three civilians and wounded 46 others.

A hunt was under way for one of the bombers, who did not detonate his charge and was believed to have it still in his possession. He is thought to have fled the scene when he saw his accomplice being blocked by a security guard.

Israeli police released an image of the passport of the dead man, Asif Mohammed Hanif, who detonated his explosives at the door. He was born on 2 August, 1981, in Bhowanj, Pakistan. The passport photograph of the wanted man, Omar Khan Sharif, born on 13 March, 1976, in Derby, was also released.

The security guard was seriously wounded as were another five people.

Reports in Jerusalem said the bombers were members of al-Qaeda or Hezbollah.

The British turned a blind eye to Islamic fundamentalism in Britain for a long time. This is the fruit of that policy.
and The Scotsman, a link used for Instapundit's post, says this (excerpt)[...]In the past, the Iranian-inspired Hezbollah has used foreign nationals in attempted bombings, and police suspect terrorists took advantage of the British passports belonging to Sharif and Hanif in order to slip them into Israel.

Israel Television said the men entered Israel from the Gaza Strip hours before the bombing. If correct, that would mean they presented their passports in order to transit past the border at Erez, beyond which Palestinians are not allowed unless they have rarely-granted permits.