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Suspect's uncle: We are 'shattered'

'He had no reason to do something like that,' family friend says



LEEDS, England (CNN) -- Relatives and friends of one of the British men suspected of carrying out the London terror bombings expressed disbelief Wednesday.

Bashir Ahmed, the uncle of one of the four suspects, said his 22-year-old nephew, Shahzad Tanweer, "wasn't capable of" carrying out such an attack on his own.

But a British police source told CNN that Tanweer was suspected of detonating the bomb at the Aldgate Underground station in London that killed seven people.

The Aldgate blast was one of four bombings of the city's transit system at the height of the morning rush hour last Thursday that killed at least 52 people and injured 700.

Police sources said documents belonging to Tanweer were found at the site of the Aldgate bombing.

Tanweer's family -- who neighbors said was of Pakistani origin -- reported him missing soon after the attacks, and authorities said it assisted the investigation.

Shocked residents of the ethnically mixed community in Leeds, about 200 miles north of London, searched for answers.

"What drove him to it, who pushed him to it, I don't know," Ahmed said. "I wish I could find out."

"Our lives are shattered," he said. "It's impossible to describe it."

Ahmed said Tanweer had been studying sports medicine at Leeds Metropolitan University, but had dropped out.

Tanweer was in Pakistan for religious studies at the end of last year, he said.

"That's the end of his life, by the look of it," Ahmed said.

Antiterrorism police returned to Leeds Wednesday for a second day of searches related to the attacks as Britain reeled from the news that the suspects were British nationals.

Scotland Yard confirmed that all four suspects were dead, but officially it has not released their names.

Names of three of the four suspected suicide bombers, including Tanweer, were confirmed to CNN by officials with knowledge of the investigation.

One of them was Hasib Hussain, 18, another resident of Leeds, whose family also told CNN they reported him missing after the bombing.

Hussain's and Tanweer's homes, situated only a few streets apart, were among the six in the area searched by police Tuesday.

One person was arrested during the search. Neighbors said they saw police take a computer away from Tanweer's home.

Police sources told CNN that documents belonging to Hussain were found in the twisted wreckage of the No. 30 double-decker bus bombed in Tavistock Square, killing 13 people.

The third suspect identified by officials familiar with the investigaion was Mohammed Sadique Khan, 30, who lived in Dewsbury, about 10 miles from Leeds in a more upscale and Muslim neighborhood. He was married and had an 8-month old child.

The British Press Association reported that documents belonging to Khan were found in the debris of the Edgware Road station explosion.

The identity of the fourth suspect, if it is known, has not been divulged by investigators in the UK, or by U.S. officials.

Police are questioning neighbors and have yet to say how the four men first met, or how well they knew each other.

Suspect 'had everything to live for'

All four of the suspects had arrived in London by train on the morning of the bombings and were seen on closed-circuit television just before 8:30 a.m. at King's Cross station, said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's antiterror branch.

"We are trying to establish their movements in the run up to last week's attacks," he said.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday that all four were British nationals.

Condemning a rash of anti-Muslim incidents since the bombings, Blair blamed last week's attacks on "a small group of extremists -- not one who can be ignored, but neither should it define Muslims in Britain who are overwhelmingly law-abiding, decent members of our society."

Ahmed, Shahzad Tanweer's uncle, expressed concern about how the community would react to his nephew's suspected involvement.

"We've had a pleasant time here, but I don't think we can survive here much longer like this," Ahmed said.

"We were respected by the community. How is the community going to treat us now?"

Irshad Hussein said he has known the Tanweer family since the suspect was a child, saying Tanweer's father had once worked with police as a "community constable."

"It's unbelievable," he said, saying Tanweer had "everything to look forward to."

"He had no reason to do something like that," Hussein said.

Born in Britain in 1982, Tanweer had a younger brother and two sisters and enjoyed playing cricket and soccer. Some friends thought he could have played professionally.

Hussein said Tanweer had seemed to have become more religious in recent years.

"It was true that he has gone into the religion," he said, adding "there was no sign of any sort of wrongdoing in that matter."

Bashir Ahmed said he could not accept that his nephew could have blown himself up because he "had everything to live for."

"He was in our life; his parents are loving and supporting. They had no financial difficulties. So I can't see how could he do that," he said.

He occasionally worked at his father's fish-and-chips restaurant and drove a red Mercedes.

"It wasn't him; it must have been some forces behind" him, Ahmed said, agreeing with a reporter who asked if he believed there was another bomber who masterminded the attacks.

Ahmed said his nephew was intelligent. "He was a very kind and caring person, he was respected by everybody and he respected everybody."

"He was born here," Ahmed said. "He didn't do anything other than British culture."

CNN's Nic Robertson's contributed to this report.

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