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Three men charged over July 2005 London attacks


British prosecutors charged three men yesterday for allegedly conspiring in the suicide attacks in London on July 7, 2005, and authorities said they were searching for more suspects.

For the first time, police alleged that the conspiracy also may have involved unspecified tourist sites in London.

All of those charged yesterday were from the same area of West Yorkshire as the four bombers. The attacks killed 52 London subway and bus commuters.

"The allegation is that they were involved in reconnaissance and planning for a plot with those ultimately responsible for the bombings on the 7 July before the plan was finalized," prosecutor Susan Hemming said.

The suspects are Mohammed Shakil, 30, of Beeston, a suburb of Leeds; Sadeer Saleem, 26, of Beeston; and Waheed Ali, 23, who used to live in Beeston.

Two of the men were arrested on March 22 as they prepared to fly to Pakistan from Manchester Airport. The third was arrested in Leeds on the same day.

They were charged with conspiring between Nov. 1, 2004, and June 29, 2005, to cause explosions on London's transport network "and/or tourist attractions in London of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury."

The trio will make an initial court appearance tomorrow.

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