Germaine Lindsay

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Germaine Lindsay
Germaine Lindsay terrorist.jpg
Born Germaine Maurice Lindsay
(1985-09-23)23 September 1985
Died 7 July 2005(2005-07-07) (aged 19)
Piccadilly line train between King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square, London Borough of Camden, London
Other names Abdullah Shaheed Jamal
Religion Islam
Partner(s) Samantha Lewthwaite

Germaine Maurice Lindsay (23 September 1985 – 7 July 2005), also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, was one of the four 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 (second from left) alongside Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer captured on CCTV at Luton railway station at 7:21 a.m., 7 July.[1]

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.[2] A carpet fitter, he subsequently moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

Recurring to religious Muslim ceremonies without legal recognition,[3][4] Lindsay married a woman from Kinnitty, County Offaly, Ireland, Aoife Nadiyah Molloy, for eight days before divorcing her in order to marry Samantha Lewthwaite. Lewthwaite, a native of County Down, Northern Ireland, 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.[5][6] He worked part-time as a carpet fitter and supplemented his income by selling covers for mobile phones at a local market.[6]

Lindsay was reportedly close to Abdullah el-Faisal, a controversial imam convicted of attempting to incite sectarian murders in 2003.[7][8]

Involvement in London bombings[edit]

2005 London bombings

Main articles
Timeline of the 2005 London bombings
7 July 2005 London bombings
21 July 2005 London bombings
Jean Charles de Menezes
Reactions to the 2005 London bombings
21 July 2005 London bombings trial

7 July bombers
Mohammad Sidique Khan · Shehzad Tanweer
Germaine Lindsay · Hasib Hussain

21 July bombers
Yasin Hassan Omar · Osman Hussain
Muktar Said Ibrahim · Ramzi Mohammed

London Underground
Aldgate · Tavistock Square
King's Cross · Liverpool Street · Oval
Russell Square · Shepherd's Bush
Warren Street

Similar events
September 11 attacks
2001 shoe bomb plot
2002 Bali bombings
2004 Madrid train bombings
11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings
2006 transatlantic aircraft plot
2007 London car bombs
2007 Glasgow International Airport attack
2008 Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing
Saajid Badat · Richard Reid
Attacks on the London Underground
2010 Stockholm bombings
2011 Norway attacks
2012 Burgas bus bombing
Boston Marathon bombing
2014 Sydney hostage crisis
January 2015 Île-de-France attacks
November 2015 Paris attacks

Lindsay detonated his bomb, killing 26 people, on a train travelling between King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square stations.[9] 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.

Abdul Dayan, the imam of the Jamia Ghausia mosque in Aylesbury, said that Lindsay did not attend, and did not mix with the largely Pakistani Muslim community.

22 July 2005[edit]

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.[10] 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 convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court of arson in circumstances where they were reckless as to whether the life of another person would be endangered and each sentenced to 18 months youth detention with a training order.[11]

Samantha Lewthwaite[edit]

Main article: Samantha Lewthwaite

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.[12] She later went on record stating she abhorred the attacks and that her husband's mind had been poisoned by "radicals".[13]


  1. ^ Image of bombers' deadly journey, BBC News, 17 July 2005, accessed 3 December 2006.
  2. ^ Sapsted, David and Duncan Gardham. "Lost years of the 'nice boy' who killed 25". Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2005. Archived 28 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Divya Talwar (BBC Asian Network) (3 February 2010), Wedding trouble as UK Muslim marriages not recognised, BBC News, British Broadcasting Corporation, archived from the original on 29 November 2014, retrieved 8 July 2015 
  4. ^ Cambridge Family Law Practice (Marchant-Daisley, Varty, Moghadas, Bethel and Ashton) (8 May 2013), Islamic marriage and divorce, archived from the original on 8 July 2015, retrieved 8 July 2015 
  5. ^ Bird, Steve; Pierre, Leslie (22 July 2005). "Bomber's mother prays for victims". The Times (London). p. 13. 
  6. ^ a b Gillan, Audrey; Cobain, Ian; Muir, Hugh (16 July 2005). "Jamaican-born convert to Islam 'coordinated fellow bombers'". The Guardian (London). p. 4. 
  7. ^ Sandford, Daniel (20 June 2008). "Hate preacher 'knew 7/7 bomber'". BBC News. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hate preaching cleric jailed". BBC News. 7 March 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Image of bombers' deadly journey". BBC News. 17 July 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2007. 
  10. ^ "Attempted arson at bomber's house", BBC News. 22 July 2005.
  11. ^ "Arsonists locked up for attack on home". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 6 December 2005. 
  12. ^ "NewMuslim at 15, a bombing suspect at 19" International Herald Tribune 18 July 2005.
  13. ^ "Widow of bomber 'abhors' attack" BBC News, 23 September 2005

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