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British Police Interrogate Four Bomb Suspects, Seek Extradition of Another from Italy

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British police are questioning four men in connection with the July 21st attempt to bomb London's mass transit system, and are seeking the extradition of another suspect from Italy.

Two of the men, Ibrahim Muktar and Ramzi Muhammad, were seized Friday in a dramatic West London operation. Hours later, police in Rome arrested a third suspect -- a British citizen of Ethiopian descent, Hussain Osman. A lawyer for Mr. Osman said after an initial extradition hearing Saturday that her client will fight Britain's efforts to send him back. British police are facing questions about how Mr. Osman managed to slip out of the country. Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Saturday the suspect left London's Waterloo Station by train on July 26th -- five days after the attempted bombings. The fourth suspect, Yassin Hassan Omar, was arrested Wednesday in Birmingham, north of London. London police detained another man Friday in connection with the failed attacks, but would not confirm media reports that he is the so-called "fifth bomber" identified as Whabi Mohammad.

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