AN insight into the life of suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan is unveiled tonight.
Former friends of the man who blew up a London Tube train speak out in a documentary charting his life in Dewsbury in the run-up to July 7.
And they reveal how he changed from being a "westernised" Pakistani to a radical Muslim after meeting groups in Huddersfield and in Leeds.
The documentary is on Radio 4 at 8pm.
`Videos watched in Huddersfield turned Khan into terrorist'
THE suspected ringleader of the July 7 bombings turned radical after watching violent videos of Muslim suffering around the world, a documentary claims today.
Friends of Mohammad Sidique Khan paint a picture of someone who became extremist in "backrooms in Yorkshire" rather than being indoctrinated by religious institutions.
He mixed with radical Muslim groups in Huddersfield and Leeds and friends say he changed dramatically.
Khan, who detonated the Edgware Road bomb killing himself and six other people, lived a westernised life and used the nickname "Sid", according to the programme.
The portrait is revealed in the BBC Radio 4 documentary Biography Of A Bomber, broadcast at 8pm today.
School friend Rob Cardiss told the BBC: "He seemed to have more white friends than Asian friends.
"He used to hang around with white lads playing football. And he was very English.
"Some of the other Pakistani guys used to talk about Muslim suffering around the world but with Sidique you'd never really know what religion he was from."
But all that changed when Khan, from Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, became friendly with a group of radicals from Leeds and Huddersfield.
A former member of the group, known as Khalid, said: "Before we would leave the house, there would sometimes be a video reflecting what's happening in Palestine or Chechnya or other places where Muslims were affected.
"Looking back on it now, I do find it a bit weird that we had such a viewing. I can see why some would be affected by this - they get fired up, they get stirred up - and having the airing of that video might not have been in the best interests of certain people."
Khalid said the men went paintballing after watching such films and claimed one of the other bombers, Jermaine Lindsay, of Huddersfield, joined the trips.
He said Khan's last visit to Pakistan was to join up with jihadi fighters.
"I heard it frequently that he was going overseas for military training. I heard it from a very sound source.
"I don't know why he was prepared to let people know what he was doing - perhaps they were looking for other recruits or perhaps they just felt comfortable telling people."
The documentary is being broadcast only days after further video extracts of Khan justifying the July 7 attacks were shown on television.
In the video he urged British Muslims to take part in jihad and accused Muslim community leaders of being "content with their Toyotas and their semi-detached houses".
In the extract, shown on Channel Four News, he said: "Jihad is an obligation on every single one of us, men and women, and by staying at home you are turning your backs on jihad, which is a major sin.
"Our so-called scholars ...
tell us ludicrous things like `you must obey the law of the land'. How on earth did we conquer lands in the past if we were to obey by this law? By Allah, these scholars will be brought to account."