Leaders have paid tribute to the 52 people who died in the July 7 bombings on the 15th anniversary of the terror attack.
A series of explosions ripped through London in co-ordinated terrorist strikes in 2005.
The attacks targeted three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus. The bombers and 52 others were killed, and more than 700 people were injured.
Marking the anniversary today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘No one who was in London on July 7, 2005, will ever forget what they experienced that day.
‘And for those directly affected by what happened; the loved ones of the 52 victims; the hundreds who suffered physical injury, mental trauma; the emergency services and Tube staff who rushed to help and witnessed truly horrific scenes; the passage of time will have done little to numb the pain they feel.
‘While all such anniversaries are difficult, I know this one will be especially hard. At times like this, people want to be able to come together, to be together, to remember and to reflect together. But the ongoing pandemic means that can’t happen as it normally would.’
A virtual memorial has been organised for those who wish to gather and remember those who died in the attacks, and those who have been affected since.
Mr Johnson added: ‘When this city was attacked by those who sought to divide us, London responded with the simple truth: that whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever the colour of your skin or the God you worship, if you choose to come to London and make your life here, then you are a Londoner.’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘Today we honour the 52 people who lost their lives and more than 700 who were injured on July 7, 2005.
‘Our capital will never forget the terrible events of that day, and my thoughts are with all those whose lives were changed forever.
‘As we mark 15 years since the attack on our city, I want again to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and transport workers, who ran towards danger to save lives, on that awful day.
‘The way that our city responded and stood united in the aftermath of the attack showed the world that our values of decency, tolerance and mutual respect will always overcome the hate of the terrorists.
‘Today, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding these values. To those who wish to divide us and spread hatred, we send a clear message that they will never succeed, and that we are stronger together.’
Speaking in a video message, Prince Charles said: ‘As with so many other people across this country, I remember vividly the appalling shock and outrage I felt on July 7, 2005 when I learnt about the savage attacks in London.
‘That such dreadfully barbaric atrocities should be perpetrated on the streets of our capital was an assault on us all, and on everything we stand for as a nation.
‘For the victims, and for you, their loved ones, the horror of that day was total. 52 people were cruelly robbed of their lives, nearly 800 people were injured, families were torn apart, and the most unimaginable pain and grief was visited upon so many of you.’
He added: ‘I can only begin to imagine, therefore, how agonising it must be for you that you are unable to gather today. It seems so desperately cruel that the pandemic should have denied you this occasion to see and to hold each other, and to be together as you mourn and remember.’
London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown also paid tribute.
He said: ‘We will never forget those innocent victims who lost their lives in the most tragic circumstances 15 years ago.
‘We stand united with our colleagues from the emergency services and the city as a whole in remembering them today.
‘The resilience of great world cities like ours continues to be tested but Londoners have shown time and time again that our strength lies in our diversity, resourcefulness and spirit of togetherness.’
The 2005 London bombings, often referred to as 7/7, targeted commuters during the city’s morning rush hour.
The 52 victims of the London bombings in July 2005
Russell Square: 26 fatalities
- James Adams
- Samantha Badham
- Philip Beer
- Anna Brandt
- Ciaran Cassidy
- Rachelle Chung For Yuen
- Elizabeth Daplyn
- Arthur Frederick
- Karolina Gluck
- Gamze Gunoral
- Lee Harris
- Ojara Ikeagwu
- Emily Jenkins
- Helen Jones
- Susan Levy
- Shelley Mather
- Michael Matsushita
- James Mayes
- Behnaz Mozakka
- Atique Sharifi
- Ihab Slimane
- Christian Small
- Monika Suchocka
- Mala Trivedi
- Adrian Johnson
Tavistock Square: 13 fatalities
- Anthony Fatayi-Williams
- Jamie Gordon
- Giles Hart
- Marie Hartley
- Miriam Hyman
- Shahara Islam
- Neetu Jain
- Sam Ly
- Shyanuja Parathasangary
- Anat Rosenberg
- Philip Russell
- William Wise
- Gladys Wundowa
Aldgate: 7 fatalities
- Lee Baisden
- Benedetta Ciaccia
- Richard Ellery
- Richard Gray
- Anne Moffat
- Carrie Taylor
- Fiona Stevenson
Edgware Road: 6 fatalities
- Michael Stanley Brewer
- Jonathan Downey
- David Graham Foulkes
- Colin William Morley
- Jennifer Vanda Nicholson
- Laura Webb
Four Islamic State terrorists detonated four bombs across Tube trains and a London bus, with the train bombings on the Circle Line near Aldgate and Edgware Road, and on the Piccadilly Line near Russell Square.
It was Britain’s deadliest terrorist incident since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 near Lockerbie, Scotland. The bombings were followed two weeks later by a series of attempted attacks which failed to cause injury or damage.
Two of the bombers made video tapes describing their reasons for becoming what they called ‘soldiers’.
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