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Plea to mother of 7/7 bus bomber
Anthony Fatayi-Williams
Anthony Fatayi-Williams died in the Tavistock Square bombing
A woman whose son died in the 7 July London bombings has urged the mother of his killer to join her in denouncing suicide attacks.

Marie Fatayi-Williams, 51, whose son Anthony died after Hasib Hussain blew up a bus, asked the bomber's mother to "stand side by side with her".

She called on Maniza Hussain to share a platform with her to speak out.

Mrs Fatayi-Williams was speaking on the eve of the first anniversary of the terror attacks on London.

"All I have read about her son is that he was a gentle man, he was peaceful, he would never hurt a fly and that what happened was completely out of character," she said.

If Mrs Hussain believed what he had done was wrong she must "rise up and stand up" for what she believed in, Mrs Fatayi-Williams added.

"If she wants to do that, I am ready to stand side by side with her to proclaim that, to say that young people do not need to strap themselves with bombs to blow other people up."

'Been tolerant'

Mrs Fatayi-Williams, who in the aftermath of the attacks made an emotional plea for an end to violence, was speaking at a press conference to launch her tribute book For The Love Of Anthony.

Marie Fatayi-Williams

The press conference was held at the British Medical Association (BMA) offices in Tavistock Square, yards from where her 26-year-old son was killed.

She said her son was "born to be tolerant" and had "friends who he believed in and who, in turn, believed in him to the extent that they would leave no stone unturned in their search for him".

Mrs Fatayi-Williams repeated her calls for a public inquiry into the events surrounding the bombings.

"We need to ask ourselves, almost a year on from 7/7, whether we are safer now than then," she said.

"We need to know what led to 7/7, we need to know the real reasons behind 7/7 and other such atrocities that seem to occur on an almost daily basis the world over."

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