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|Born||Germaine Maurice Lindsay
23 September 1985
|Died||7 July 2005
Piccadilly Line train between King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square, London Borough of Camden, London
|Other names||Abdullah Shaheed Jamal|
Germaine Maurice Lindsay (23 September 1985 – 7 July 2005), also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, was one of the four Islamist terrorists who detonated bombs on three trains on the London Underground and one bus in central London during the 7 July 2005 London bombings, killing 56 people (including themselves), and injuring more than 700. Lindsay detonated the bomb that killed himself and 26 other people on a train travelling on the Piccadilly line between the King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square tube stations.
Lindsay was born in Jamaica and had lived in Dalton, West Yorkshire, following his arrival from Jamaica at age five, where he attended Rawthorpe Junior School and Rawthorpe High School. A carpet fitter, he subsequently moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
Lindsay married a woman from Kinnitty, County Offaly, Ireland, Aoife Nadiyah Molloy, with whom he remained for eight days before divorcing her to marry Samantha Lewthwaite. Lewthwaite, a native of County Down, had converted to Islam at the age of 15 after moving to Aylesbury. Lewthwaite lived with him and gave birth to their second child two months after his death. Lindsay converted to Islam shortly after his mother, Maryam McCleod Ismaiyl, converted to the faith in 2001 and encouraged him to do the same. He worked part-time as a carpet fitter and supplemented his income by selling covers for mobile phones at a local market.
Involvement in London bombings
Lindsay detonated his bomb, killing 26 people, on a train travelling between King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square stations. A raid by Scotland Yard found no explosives at Lindsay's flat. Lindsay is believed to have hired one of the cars left at Luton railway station on 7 July before the bombers made their rail journey to London.
22 July 2005
On 22 July police and fire services were called to Lindsay's home in Aylesbury after neighbours reported a strong smell of petrol coming from it. It was suspected to be an arson attack on the empty property. Since then it was revealed in the local press that his wife and son were living under "police protection" and would not be returning home. In December 2005, two 17-year-olds were charged with attempted arson for the attack.
Lindsay's wife, formerly known as Samantha Lewthwaite (who took the Muslim name of Sherafiyah) denied Lindsay's involvement until authorities produced forensic evidence to confirm his identity. She later went on record stating she abhorred the attacks and that her husband's mind had been poisoned by "radicals".
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- Russell Square explosion