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British Police Seeking Mastermind Of London Bombings

14 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- British media say police are focusing their investigation into last week's bloody terror bombings in London on finding the mastermind behind the suicide attacks.

At least 52 people were killed and hundreds of others injured in the morning rush hour blasts on 7 July that hit three underground trains and a double-decker bus.

British Home Secretary Charles Clarke said on 13 July that the four attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.

Prime Minister Tony Blair's office has added last week's bombings to its list of terror attacks linked to or inspired by Al-Qaeda.

A 29-year-old man from the northern city of Leeds was arrested on 12 July in the connection with the bombings and is being questioned.

Meanwhile, the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, called today in a newspaper article for Muslims in Britain to condemn the attacks and to "root out" those among them who preach hatred.

The 25 member countries of the European Union are scheduled to observe two minutes of silence at midday today to remember the victims of the bombings.

(compiled from agency reports)