The remains of one of the suspected London suicide bombers have been buried in a remote Pakistani village, hours after his coffin arrived in this Islamic nation from Britain, police said. Shahzad Tanweer, a Briton of Pakistani descent, and three other men blew themselves up on July 7 during coordinated attacks on London's transport system that killed 52 other people.
Tanweer, 22, was born in Britain to Pakistani parents and lived in Leeds in northern England. He visited relatives in Pakistan last year, and authorities say he also visited an Islamic school linked to a hard-line religious group at the time.
Tanweer's remains were released in Britain by coroner Andrew Reid to a funeral director for burial in Pakistan, according to a spokeswoman for Britain's Department of Constitutional Affairs, which oversees the running of coroner's offices by local councils. A spokesman for Camden Council also confirmed that Tanweer's body had been released by Reid. Mohammed Amin, a regional police official, said Tanweer's coffin arrived in the eastern city of Lahore early Thursday, and his funeral was held hours later in the village of Sumandri, where his relatives live.
About 200 people, including Tanweer's father, Mumtaz, attended the funeral, said a police official, Salim Shah.
Sumandri is about 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Multan, a main city in the eastern province of Punjab, reports the AP. I.L.