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7/7 bomber's farewell video shown


Mohammad Siddique Khan says farewell to his daughter whose face is pixelated to protect her identity

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

The video was shown in the prosecution of three men alleged to have helped find bombing targets in the capital.

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil deny helping the bombers months before the attacks on 7 July 2005.

In the November 2004 video, Siddique Khan tells his daughter that he "has to do this thing for our future".

The jury at Kingston Crown Court was told that in late 2004 Siddique Khan and fellow suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer flew to Pakistan.

Prosecutors say that the leader of the bombers expected to die fighting jihad - but there was an unexpected change of plan while abroad which led to their return and the London bombings the following summer.

In the weeks before their departure, Siddique Khan recorded a number of home videos featuring his six-month-old daughter. Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, said the videos included a lot of "cooing over the baby" typical of any doting parents.

Father's cuddle

In one, shot two days before the departure, Siddique Khan can be seen cradling his baby daughter in his arms. She is wearing a baby-suit and is jiggling on his knee.

Mohammad Siddique Khan and daughter
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
Mohammad Siddique Khan

The bomber is slightly off-camera for most of the recording as the lens is focused on the girl. His voice can be heard clearly and he frequently breaks off from speaking to kiss her.

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.

Waheed Ali
Waheed Ali: Features in the video

"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 the video had come to light shortly after the bombings. Hasina Patel, Siddique Khan's widow, had handed some tapes to a friend in late 2004.

At 1845 on 8 July, the day after the bombings, she handed more material to the same friend. On 13 July the friend handed them over to the police.

'Uncles' video

In another video, recorded in October 2004, Khan introduces his daughter to "her uncles", Waheed Ali and 7 July bombers Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain.


Mohammed Sidique Khan introducing his daughter to her 'uncles'

The men are relaxing in the lounge at a house with a television on in the background.

Siddique Khan calls Tanweer Uncle "Kaki". Mr Ali, sitting on the floor next to Hussain, gets up and kisses his own bicep in a jokey manner.

The jury were told of further footage to be played later which includes Hasina Patel.

Mr Flewitt told the court that Ms Patel says: "There are two minutes left so say your piece."

Khan is said to reply: "My little sweetheart I love you lots and lots. You are my little baby with big fat little feet.

"Remember me in your Duas, I will certainly remember you, and, inshallah, things will work out for the best. Look after your mother, she needs looking after.

"Be strong, learn to fight - fighting is good. Be mummy's best friend. Take care of mummy - you can both do things together like fighting and stuff."

The trial continues.


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