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7/7 bomber says goodbye in video

Mohammad Sidique Khan
Mohammad Sidique Khan was the ringleader of the 7/7 attacks

A video of London suicide bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan saying goodbye to his baby daughter has been shown to a jury at Kingston Crown Court.

The video was shown as part of the prosecution of three men who are alleged to have gone on a scouting mission for targets in the capital.

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil all deny helping the four bombers in an alleged reconnaissance mission seven months before the attacks on 7 July 2005.

Neil Flewitt QC told the jury Mr Ali, originally from London but then living in Leeds, was close to Khan, the leader of the bombers.

The jury heard the bomber recorded a video in late 2004 for his then baby daughter, shortly before he was due to leave for Pakistan.

A friend of the bombers' widow passed the video to the police, the court heard.

Men relaxing

In the video, Khan is seen in a white T-shirt holding his baby daughter dressed in a pink top.

In the first part, she is seen grabbing for the camera while he holds her in his arms.

Sweetheart, not long to go now and I'm going to really, really miss you a lot
7/7 bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan

He introduces "her uncles", Waheed Ali and 7 July bombers Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain.

The men are relaxing in the lounge of an ordinary home with a television on in the background.

The second excerpt shown to the jury shows Khan holding his daughter tightly and kissing her forehead as he talks to the camera.

He is heard saying: "Sweetheart, not long to go now and I'm going to really, really miss you a lot. I'm thinking about it already.

"Look, I absolutely love you to bits and you have been the happiest thing in my life. You and your mum, absolutely brilliant. I don't know what else to say.

"I just wish I could have been part of your life, especially these growing up these next months, they're really special with you learning to walk and things.

"I just so much wanted to be with you but I have to do this for our future and it will be for the best, Inshallah [God willing] in the long run.

I'm doing what I'm doing for the sake of Islam
7/7 bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan

"That's the most important thing. You make plenty of dua [prayers] for you guys and you've got loads of people to look after you and keep an eye on you.

"But most importantly I entrust you to Allah and let Allah take care of you.

"And I'm doing what I'm doing for the sake of Islam, not, you know, it's not for materialistic or worldly benefits."

Mr Flewitt told the jury: "It is clear from that passage that Mohammad Sidique Khan did not expect to see his daughter again.

"Put bluntly, he knew he was going to his death and he went voluntarily then just as he went willingly when he blew himself up on 7 July 2005."

Khan flew to Pakistan but returned in February 2005 in what prosecutors say was a change of plan.


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