Here’s every way the London Tube bomber tried to cover his tracks — and failed

Ahmed Hassan in disguise on a train.

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Ahmed Hassan in disguise on a train.
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On September 16, 2017, Ahmed Hassan was arrested by police officers in Dover, in southern England.

Less than 24 hours before, a bomb had partially detonated on the London Underground, injuring 30 people.It had been Hassan who planted the bomb – and he was apprehended as he was waiting to board a ferry to flee the country.

On Friday, the 18-year-old was found guilty of attempted murder.

In the aftermath of the verdict, the Metropolitan Police released a video explaining his attempts to evade capture in the aftermath of the attack, from destroying his SIM card to a series of disguises – and how investigators managed to track him down anyway.

Here’s what he tried, and how the police managed to find him:


On September 15, 2017, after priming the bomb in a public bathroom, Ahmed Hassan boarded a District Line tube train before getting off at Putney Bridge, leaving the bomb behind.

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The bomb exploded two minutes later, as he left the station.

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Here’s a CCTV still from the moment of the explosion.

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He then got on a bus heading to Earls Court in West London.

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He snapped up his phone’s SIM card in an apparent attempt to avoid being tracked, and hid the pieces on the bus. But police investigators managed to find them.

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He also threw away his actual phone …

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… But investigators trawling through rubbish managed to find that, too.

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He then got a train to Brighton, changing his jumper on the way.

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And from there went to Ashford, Kent, and bought new clothing as a disguise.

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A CCTV camera near an ATM captured this shot of him in his new outfit.

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Hassan then got another train — from Ashford to Dover.

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Meanwhile, police had managed to determine that he had left the bomb on the train, and circulated a CCTV image of his face to police forces across the country.

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At around 7 a.m. the day after the bombing, he arrived at the Port of Dover, where he sat in the waiting area.

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But local police, who had received the CCTV image, spotted him …

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… And subsequently took him into custody.

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Here’s the full video from the Metropolitan Police: