Leeds & West Yorkshire

London 7/7 bombers' families still in shock, Leeds imam says

Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain
Image caption Mohammed Sidique Khan (left), Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain (right) killed 52 people in the 7 July London terror attacks in 2005

The families of three 7 July suicide bombers are still looking for answers 10 years on, an imam from their home city of Leeds has said.

Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain, along with a fourth man Germaine Lindsay, detonated bombs in London killing 52 people in 2005.

Qari Asim, of the Leeds Makkah Mosque, said their families were still in "this sense of shock and disbelief".

He said an event retracing their steps would take place over the weekend.

Mr Asim, whose mosque is in the Hyde Park area of Leeds, said: "Ten years on and the Muslim community, and the wider community, we are all still looking for answers, we are all still trying to find out what are the factors and what is the evidence that leads to radicalisation.

Image copyright PA
Image caption Thirteen people were killed when the number 30 bus was targeted in Tavistock Square, London

"The families of those three men who came from Leeds and blew themselves up in London, they are still looking for answers because to them they would never have imagined that their young men would do something like that and they're still going through this sense of shock and disbelief."

'Peace journey'

He said the three were described as "ordinary young men, they were gentlemen, they were good to talk to, they were very friendly people effectively", he said.

"How can three young men, living their ordinary lives, become so radicalised? Can be so motivated that they can take their own lives but also take the lives of others?"

Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Fifty-two people died and hundreds were injured when bombs exploded on three Tubes and a bus

This weekend a group of young people from different faiths are to travel from Leeds to London retracing the steps of the three bombers.

The Leeds Peace Ambassadors will undertake a "peace journey" to mark the 10th anniversary of the bombings, hoping to inspire unity among different faiths.

Fifty-two people died and hundreds were injured when bombs exploded on three Tubes and a bus.

Thirteen victims were killed on the bus at Tavistock Square, 26 died in a bombing at Russell Square on the Piccadilly line; six died in an explosion at Edgware Road on the Circle Line; and seven died at Aldgate on the Circle Line.

Related Topics

More on this story