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Brave London 7/7 terror survivor says she ‘feels sorry’ for suicide bomber as she comes face-to-face with terrorist’s dad

A SURVIVOR of the horrific 7/7 bombings in London told the father of one the terrorists she "feels sorry" for the suicide attacker who tried to kill her.

Lisa French, 44, met bus bomber Hasib Hussain's dad 14 years on from the deadly attacks on public transport in the capital.

She sat down with Mahmood Hussain after he released a book giving an account of his thoughts of the terrible events on July 7, 2005.

Lisa, who was on the No 30 bus which Mahmood's son targeted with a bomb, told him: "I have forgiven your son".

Mahmood in turn apologised for his child's actions, which took the lives of 13 of the 52 commuters who were killed in the attacks.

Lisa told Mahmood: "Even though he tried to kill me, over the years I have come to realise I have forgiven your son for what he did to me."

She added: "I feel sorry for your son and how desperate he must have felt that day to do what he did."

'MY HEART IS BROKEN'

Factory worker Mahmood, 64, replied: "My heart is broken. I just walk around like a skeleton. There is no place for terrorism in this country, the best country on Earth."

He added that although he can't bring back his son's tragic victims, he can help stop young people following in the same fundamentalist footsteps as Hasib.

Mahmood's book calls for the regulation of hate preachers in the UK — saying his son was radicalised by Leeds-based fanatics.

Charity worker Lisa was in London on business when she caught the No 30 bus in Tavistock Square after Hasib's three accomplices had already attacked the Tube.

She suffered perforated eardrums, broken teeth, and cuts in the blast.

Lisa was also left with post-traumatic stress disorder like so many other victims of the bombings.

She had followed Hasib on to the upper deck of the bus and took up a seat in the middle of the vehicle.

Hasib had sat near the back with his rucksack.

DEADLY BLAST

At 9.47am, he detonated the bomb in his bag, ripping the bus apart.

In the days after, Lisa remembered the "boy" who was sitting at the back and worried he may have been a victim.

But she was later shocked to learn he was actually responsible for the massacre.

Dad Mahmood said he'd have broken his son's legs had he known what Hasib was plotting to do.

He told his dad he'd gone to London that day to see the sites, including the London Eye.

Mahmood said when Hasib's body was brought home to be buried, he looked in his coffin and the remains were unrecognisable as "my boy was in pieces".

He added that his wife has not laughed or smiled since.

Lisa hopes her astonishing forgiveness will inspire other people to not turn to hatred or racism.

7/7: Timeline of day of terror

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