London bombers received subsidy from the state, flat search revealed

British police searched an apartment building where at least two of the men who attempted to bomb London underground system on July 21 met and one of them lived for the past six years.

The apartment - located in a 13-storey building in northwest London - is registered to one of the alleged bombers identified on Monday by police as 24-year-old Yasin Hassan Omar, according to local government records, informs CNN.

The Home Office said Yasin Hussan Omar, 24, had arrived in Britain in 1992 aged 11. He is suspected of attempting to blow up a subway train near Warren Street station last Thursday. Muktar Said-Ibrahim, also known as Muktar Mohammed-Said and suspected of trying to bomb a bus, is a naturalized British citizen who arrived from Eritrea aged 14 in 1992. Both came as dependants of refugees, reports the AP.

According to CBS, Omar has been the registered tenant of the ninth floor apartment since February 1999 and received a government housing subsidy of Ј300, or around $550 a month, until two months ago, according to local government records.

Home Office officials were trying to establish the immigration status of Omar and Ibrahim who are both thought to be of east African origin. The cordon around their tower block flat was widened and police were searching lock-up garages nearby.

Detectives now fear there were five would-be suicide attackers on July 21. Devices were found on a number 26 bus and on Tube trains at Warren Street, Shepherd's Bush and Oval. The fifth bomb was dumped on open ground at Little Wormwood Scrubs, west London, suggesting that the final member of the suicide team may have lost his nerve, reports This is London.

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