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The secret services, The Sunday Telegraph understands, picked up no intelligence that could have alerted them to the possibility of attacks on London. There was none of the "chatter" - information picked up by electronic surveillance - or suspicious financial transactions that have helped to thwart other planned attacks.
"We are convinced it is not a British-based cell," a senior Government source said. There was a strong possibility that the bombers came from Iraq and spent time in mainland Europe before entering Britain recently.