Sharif was one of two human
bombs intended to strike Harry's
Bar in Tel Aviv

A Foreign Office spokeswoman in London said: "British embassy staff in Tel Aviv have been contacted and are checking out reports about the matter."

 

Sharif, 27, is thought to have been the accomplice of fellow Briton Assif Mohammed Hanif, 21, who carried out a human bomb operation on 30 April that killed three people.

 

Israeli authorities have been hunting for Sharif since he vanished from the scene of the bombing outside Mike's Place, a busy seafront bar. Sharif is believed to have been meant to blow himself up but fled after failing to set off his own bomb.

 

The attack occurred on the same day as the release of a long-awaited Middle East peace "road map" envisioning the creation of a Palestinian state.

 

On Friday, the wife, brother and sister of Sharif were remanded in custody by a British court on "terror" charges.

 

Arrested in the days following the Tel Aviv blast, they were charged under a section of the Terrorism Act 2000 which relates to failure to disclose information about acts of "terrorism".

 

Sharif's sister Parveef Sharif, 35, was also charged under a

section of the act which relates to aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring acts of "terrorism" overseas.