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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July, 2005, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
Bombers 'were barred at mosques'
Muslim man and child in Beeston, Leeds
Many Muslims in Beeston are in a state of shock
Three of the London bombers had been banned from mosques in the Beeston area of Leeds, a Muslim academic has said.

Leeds Metropolitan University lecturer Razaq Raj said he did not know why Shehzad Tanweer, Hasib Hussain and Mohammad Sidique Khan had been banned.

"It could be for all sorts of reasons," said Mr Raj, a member of the Leeds Islamic Centre.

He said mosques in Leeds were not homes to radical fundamentalism. No mosque spokesman was immediately available.

Strong links

Mr Raj said he had strong links with the Islamic societies at both of the city's universities and had never heard of any fundamentalist influence there.

He said: "The last thing we want is radical groups in Leeds.

"I can tell you categorically that at Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds University there are no radical groups there.

"If there was a problem, I would report it. I've never had to."

The three mosques from which the bombers were said to have been banned - in Stratford Street, Hardy Street and Tunstall Road - are close to the home of Tanweer, who police said blew himself up in the Aldgate blast.

Bookshop raid

The small Stratford Street mosque is two streets away from his Colwyn Road house.

It is also close to a house which has been at the centre of intense police activity and which remains cordoned off from Stratford Street.

On Friday, an Islamic bookshop in neighbouring Bude Road became the latest property in Leeds to be raided by police investigating the bombings.

Officers sealed off the Iqra learning centre in Beeston at around midday.

According to signs outside the shop, the centre provides not only Islamic literature but media services, youth activities, orphan sponsorship and seminars and presentations.


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