JULY 7 bomber Shehzad Tanweer’s secret girlfriend opened her heart about their relationship and said: “I thought he loved me.”
The woman was giving evidence yesterday at the inquest into the deaths of the 52 victims of the 2005 attack on London by Tanweer and three other suicide bombers.
Identified only as Witness A, she and Tanweer kept their relationship hidden from friends and family for more than three years for undisclosed reasons.
The woman, who has been granted anonymity for fear of reprisals, told the hearing at London’s Royal Courts of Justice: “I got good vibes from him that he loved me.”
Breaking down in tears, Witness A said she and Tanweer discussed a future together.
They had spent a night in a hotel just six days before the July 7 outrage, the inquest was told.
Hugo Keith QC, counsel to the hearing, asked her: “In your witness statement you said he told you he was about to go away for a week. Where?”
She replied: “Scotland.”
He added: “Who with?” to which she replied: “I assumed with family.”
Asked what mood Tanweer had been in, she replied: “Fine.”
Witness A repeatedly told the hearing she had no idea what her boyfriend was planning.
Tanweer, 22, from Beeston in Leeds, killed seven innocent people when he blew himself up on a Tube train near Aldgate station.
The inquest had earlier heard how another of the July 7 terrorists warned his landlord not to enter his flat because he was possessed by an evil spirit.
Hasib Hussain, 18, was renting the flat in Chapeltown, Leeds, in the months before the bombings.
A few weeks after he moved in, landlord Wajid Hussain called at the property to alert his new tenant to an electricity fault but couldn’t unlock the door as its keyhole had been blocked.
The landlord told the inquest: “A short time later I spoke to Hasib Hussain about the problem with the electricity.
“He said he had a djinn [or supernatural creature] inside him that affected his behaviour.”
Yesterday’s hearing was also told police failed to chase up a lead that could have snared 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay.
Lindsay, 19, of Aylesbury, was identified as the owner of a Fiat Brava car that was spotted leaving the scene of a suspected armed robbery in nearby Luton on May 27, 2005.
However, the investigation ground to a halt after the officer in charge at Bedfordshire Police went on leave.