Experimental feature

Listen to this article

00:00
00:00
Experimental feature
or

Shehzad Tanweer is believed to have been the bomber on the Tube at Aldgate. He was 22 years old, of Pakistani parentage, and born on December 15 1982 in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Tanweer lived in the run-down Beeston area of Leeds where his father Mohammed Muntaz Tanweer, was a respected local businessman with a fish and chip shop, South Leeds Fisheries.

His uncle Bashir Ahmed said his family had been “left shattered’’ by the news and expressed astonishment and bewilderment at his nephew’s apparent involvement. He said: “It must have been some force behind him. He was a very kind and caring person, respected by everybody.”

A friend said “whenever you saw him he would always say he was on his way to the mosque.”

Recently he had become more fervent in his religious worship.

The reaction in Beeston was one of astonishment that a young man from a well-regarded family, who was himself very well-respected, could have committed such an act.

Tanweer was known to be a devout Muslim and was also well-known locally for his passion for sport, particularly cricket.

Described by a neighbour as a “nice boy”, Tanweer is believed to have started a sports degree course at Leeds University but later dropped out.

It is understood he travelled in late 2004 to Pakistan in late 2004 for a course in Islamic studies but returned earlier than originally planned. However, his uncle denied earlier reports that his nephew travelled to Afghanistan.

Note to subs: Hasib Hussain’s parents are called Mahmood and Maniza.

Tanweer lived in a semi-detached white pebbledash house in Colwyn Road with his parents, his younger brother and two sisters.

He did not have a regular job but sometimes helped out in the fish and chip shop and also regularly attended the local mosques. .

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.
myFT

Follow the topics mentioned in this article

Comments have not been enabled for this article.