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7/7 bombers posed as A-Team in text messages

Last updated October 18 2010 6:42PM

Two of the 7/7 bombers posed as characters from The A-Team in jokey text messages on the eve of their suicide attacks, it can be disclosed today.

In bizarre exchanges, Mohammed Sidique Khan and Jermaine Lindsay pretended to be Face and B.A. Baracus, two of the US commandos-turned-soldiers of fortune featured in the cult 1980s TV drama, which was turned into a Hollywood movie this year.

Using the “operational” mobile phones they bought specially to plan the atrocities, they also referred to A-Team character Murdock and repeatedly quoted B.A. Baracus’s catchphrase, “I ain’t getting on no plane”.

There is no suggestion that the plotters were intending to target aircraft, and this could be a reference to the final preparations for the July 7 2005 attacks on London’s transport network.

The inquests into the deaths of the 52 innocent victims of the attacks have heard that the bombers laughed and shared jokes as they travelled to the capital on their deadly mission.

At 2.23pm on July 4 plot ringleader Khan texted Lindsay to say: “Face you mutha f***** il rearange ya face if ya stab me wiv dat needle cos i said i aint getting on no plain fool.”

This is a reference to the fact that B.A. Baracus was afraid of flying and the other members of The A-Team regularly had to inject him with drugs to get him on board an aircraft.

Lindsay took offence at Khan’s message because he felt the part of B.A. Baracus was his.

He replied at 2.32pm: “F*** u bitch, dats my line, il stab u wid a f***ing needle jus 4 da fun of it. And 2hear u scream like a blatch!!! Now lets get dis right. I aint getting on no plain! fool!”

Just before 1am on July 6, the day before the bombings, Khan sent Lindsay the text message: “Yo BA big nackers you on dat plane or wat. fool.”

About an hour later, at 1.55am, Lindsay replied: “I ain’t getting on no plane fool”.

Lindsay sent Khan another similar message at 5.15am which read: “I aint getting on no plane! Murdock tel dis fool”.

Police experts recovered the texts from Lindsay’s phone, which was found in the wreckage of the bombing between King’s Cross and Russell Square train stations.

The messages were shown to the inquests on Friday but the coroner banned publication of them until today.

She lifted the reporting restrictions after hearing applications from the media.

This is not the first example of young jihadists modelling themselves on characters from popular Western dramas.

Younis Tsouli, who waged a holy war against non-believers on the internet, used the online name irhabi007, combining the Arabic word for terrorist with the code number of fictional spy James Bond.

London-based Tsouli was jailed for 10 years in July 2007 for inciting others to commit terrorism outside the UK after setting up and running several extremist websites.

The 7/7 inquests have heard that the bombers may have originally planned to carry out the attacks 24 hours earlier, when the capital was due to learn whether it had won the 2012 Olympic Games.

Khan visited Dewsbury Hospital in West Yorkshire with his wife, Hasina Patel, on July 5 because of complications with her pregnancy.

He apparently postponed the atrocities just two and a half hours after the exchange of A-Team messages.

At 4.35am on July 6 Khan sent a text message to Lindsay which read: “Havin major problem cant make time will ring ya when i got it sorted wait at home.”

Lindsay replied at 4.41am: “No bulls*** doctor! fix it!”

Khan sent Lindsay another message at 5.33am, saying: “Il ring you in afternoon twoish”.

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