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Cameras captured 'suicide bomb' panic

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• Court shown CCTV footage of alleged London bomber trying to set off device
• Six men are on trial over four botched bomb attacks on transport network
• Attack came 14 days after the July 7, 2005 bombings, which killed 52 commuters
• 21/7 attack "plainly not some hastily-arranged copycat," prosecutor says
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A court in London has been shown dramatic footage prosecutors say shows a would-be suicide bomber trying to detonate his bomb on a London Underground train packed with terrified passengers.

Jurors at the trial of six men accused of failed attacks on London's transport system on July 21, 2005 -- two weeks after bombings that killed 52 people and wounded about 700 -- watched in silence as the CCTV footage was played in court on Tuesday.

Chief prosecutor Nigel Sweeney said the images captured by cameras inside the train were of one of the accused, Ramzi Mohammed, turning a rucksack which contained a makeshift bomb towards a woman with a child in a pushchair. (Watch dramatic courtroom scenes detailed Video)

The footage showed passengers turning and fleeing in terror, scrambling to get away from Mohammed into adjoining carriages.

As the trial opened on Monday, Sweeney told the high- security Woolwich Crown Court the defendants devised an "extremist Muslim plot" to carry out suicide bombings on London's transport system. (Full story)

Four of the six had succeeded in triggering detonators, but the main charges failed to explode.

But he argued this was "not a hastily-arranged copycat plot," but a long-planned operation. The bombs were made of hydrogen peroxide, nail varnish and flour used to make chapatis. They were carried in rucksacks with wires connected to the detonators hidden under clothing, he said.

The targets -- three underground trains and a bus -- mirrored those in the deadly attacks by four young British Muslims who blew themselves up in London two weeks earlier, on July 7, 2005.

The failed second set of attacks caused panic and triggered a huge manhunt.

Security camera footage showed how an off-duty fireman, Angus Campbell, remained in the carriage as other passengers fled and remonstrated with the suspected bomber.

Sweeney told the court that during their exchange, Mohammed said: "What's the matter? It's bread. It wasn't me, it was that," and looked at the rucksack, which he had taken off and put on the floor of the carriage.

The prosecutor said the emergency alarm was then activated on the train. Mohammed was then captured again by a security camera at the next station, Oval, where he was seen running along the platform at speed pursued by a number of passengers.

All the main suspects on trial were apprehended just over a week after the failed attacks.

Ibrahim Muktar Said, 28, Ramzi Mohamed, 25, Yassin Omar, 26, Manfu Asiedu, 33, Adel Yahya, 24, and Hussain Osman, 28 -- all from London -- deny charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. All are originally from Africa.


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The six men deny conspiracy to cause explosions and to murder.

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