RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) – A suspect in the July terror bombings in London briefly visited a school in Pakistan linked with Muslim militants, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf confirmed for the first time Friday.

But Musharraf, in an interview with The Associated Press, dismissed suggestions that the trip to an Islamic school in Lahore impacted the beliefs or motivations of Shahzad Tanweer.

He said Tanweer stayed there too briefly to be influenced, and his “indoctrination” was likely the result of his lack of assimilation into British society.

Tanweer, 22, fellow Pakistan native Mohammed Sidique Khan and two accomplices set off bombs in the London transport system July 7, killing 52 people and themselves. Both Tanweer and Khan visited Pakistan last year.

After the attacks, Pakistan was criticized by some Western leaders and experts who said the government had not done enough to curb extremism in Islamic schools.

Musharraf said he did not know if the alienation of Tanweer, who became a British citizen, was his own fault or the result of difficult socio-economic conditions combined with images of Muslims being killed around the world.

“Quite clearly, the British government has to investigate why he was not assimilated into society,” the president said. “Maybe it was unequal treatment.”

He said an investigation into Tanweer’s activities in Pakistan was continuing, and any information would be shared with London and Washington.

“We would like to move against any organization that helped him in any way,” Musharraf told the AP.

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