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Family tell of `brainwashed' son.

Byline: Andrew Baldwin ,

murderers Mohammad Sidique Khan (left) and Hasib Hussain

A DEVASTATED family have told how their son must have been brainwashed by Dewsbury bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan.

Relatives of Hasib Hussain - who killed 13 people on a No 30 bus in Tavistock Square, London - described their son as "perfect".

The family said Khan, 30, visited their home in Holbeck, Leeds, where he was known as "Sid".

Khan, who lived in Thornhill Lees, killed seven people in the Edgware Road blast.

He has been widely reported as the leader among the bombers.

Hussain's brother, Imran, 25, said: "Perhaps he was doing all that brainwashing and not uttering a word about it. That was a big betrayal."

Another regular visitor was the Aldgate bomber, Shehzad Tanweer, who lived in nearby Beeston.

Imran said he investigated his own after the bombings.

He found a number for the fourth bomber - Jermaine Lindsay, who used to live in Huddersfield - on Hussain's phone.

Imran went on: "There was absolutely no sign of Hasib becoming devoutly religious. He wore jeans and trainers, like me."

Imran, who played cricket for Yorkshire under-14s, played cricket with Tanweer the day before the bombings.

Hussain was due to start a degree course in September and an arranged marriage to a student from Pakistan was also planned.

The family said he had only been to Pakistan once since he was a baby. That was a four-week trip to attend his brother's wedding three years ago.

He never had any contact with Islamic schools there, they said.

Imran said the family had only ever been told of a fragment of credit card which linked Hussain to the bomb.

"I still think there will be evidence to prove he is innocent," he said.

Hussain's father, Mohammad, speaking for the first time since the blasts, said he still had difficulty believing what his son did.

He said his son left home on July 6 to visit friends in London, saying he would be "back on Thursday".

The next day he blew himself up on the bus.

His mother, Manzia, reported him missing on the night of the bombing and two days later Imran and some of his cousins went to trawl London hospitals.

Mr Hussain said: "There was no reason to suspect anything, because Hasib never did anything wrong.

"I can only imagine that he was brainwashed. The boy I see in the TV news and the papers, is not the child I knew. He was the perfect son."
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Date:Aug 3, 2005
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