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Mohammed Siddeque Khan

7-7 London transit bombers Suicide Bomber


Date of DeathJuly 7, 2005
Location of DeathLondon, United Kingdom
Affiliation7-7 London transit bombers
RoleSuicide Bomber
Age at Death30
Date of BirthOct. 20, 19742
Place of BirthLeeds, England, United Kingdom2
Narrative and Notes
  • Oldest of four 7-7 bombers.
  • Khan was the youngest of six children of Pakistani immigrants to West Yorkshire. He grew up in the low-income, immigrant areas of Beeston and Holbeck areas outside of Leeds. He was described as quiet and studious, and sometimes the victim of bullying.
  • He received a degree in business studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he began study in September 1996.
  • He was married to a British Muslim of Indian descent on Oct. 22, 2001. They had a daughter born in May 2004. He worked as a teaching assistant, mentor and youth worker. He was described as very good with young people while he worked at a school, but he was fired in 2004 over excessive absences.
  • He apparently became more devout after an incident at a nightclub, though he spoken out against the 9-11 attacks at the school at which he worked.
  • Before the 7-7 attacks, Khan and Shazad Tanweer had attended meetings with other terrorist suspects that were known to authorities in the United Kingdom, but UK security personnel were unable to identify them at the time.1
  • Apparent ringleader among four 7-7 suicide bombers.
    1 'Report into the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005.' Parliament Intelligence and Security Committee, March 30, 2006.
    2 "Report of the Official Account of the the Bombings in London on 7th July 2005." U.K. House of Commons report, May 11, 2006.
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