As the world paid tribute on Thursday with a two-minute silence to victims of last week’s attacks in London, British police have identified four suspected suicide bombers – and are hunting for the mastermind behind the blasts.
Three of the suspects in the bombings, which left at least 52 dead and more than 700 injured, were British men of Pakistani descent, and all lived in the northern city of Leeds. According to various press reports, the men were as follows:
• Shehzad Tanweer, 22. Born in Bradford, Tanweer studied religion in Pakistan and sports science in Leeds, where his father owned a local fish and chips shop; forensic evidence links him to the Aldgate blast. Those who played soccer with Tanweer in a regular twice-a-week game described him to The Guardian newspaper as a devoted athlete who planned to play pro soccer.
• Hasib Mir Hussain, 18. His identification was found in the exploded double-decker bus. Hussain was described as having turned very religious – but not religiously radical – two years ago. Neighbors, noting his blue contact lenses and onetime long hair, termed him “a charmer who liked to flirt,” according to the Guardian. “He was a good lad … a good-looking man. He had a good personality,” said a friend.
• Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30. Married with an 8-month-old daughter, Khan reportedly was born in Pakistan but grew up in Leeds and moved five months ago to West Yorkshire. He was apparently carrying identification that was found at the Edgware Road blast site. Neighbors tell reporters that he worked with disabled children while his wife, Hasina, was involved in education.
• A fourth bomber, believed to be a friend of the others and from the same area, is said to be a youngster whose identity has not been revealed.
According to investigators, three terrorists died in the explosions and the fate of the fourth, who attacked the Piccadilly subway, remains unclear.
Police in London continue to hand out leaflets asking for help in tracking down the attackers, and authorities in Leeds are searching another address in their hunt for evidence.