What happened during the 7/7 London bombings and what commemorative events are taking place today?

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  • July 7, 2020
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Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 7 July London terror attacks.

On this date in 2005, a series of organised bombings took place across the capital, killing 52 people and injuring more than 700 individuals.

London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown has paid tribute to the event.

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.’

What happened on 7 July 2005?

On 7 July 2005, four attacks took place in the capital – three on London Underground trains and one on a double-decker bus.

Three of the bombers – Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, and Hasib Hussain, 18 – set off from their hometown of Leeds at 4am and travelled to Luton by car.

There they met their fourth accomplice –  Germaine Lindsay, 19, from Buckinghamshire – before heading to the capital by train, with rucksacks full of explosives.

Three of the men, Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Germaine Lindsay, entered the Underground and boarded separate trains.

Three of the four bombs went off just before 8:50am on Tube trains that had departed King’s Cross.

Later, Hasib Hussain boarded the number 30 bus and detonated his device. This fourth and final attack took place on the bus at 9:47am – about an hour after the other explosions.

All four attackers died after detonating their rucksacks.

What commemorative events are taking place?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, physical events for the anniversary have been cancelled this year. These usually include memorials, candle-lit vigils and the laying of flowers at the bombing sites.

Instead, virtual commemorations will take place online.

A film is due to be broadcast online via YouTube and Vimeo at 12pm. It’s set to include messages from survivors, families who lost loved ones and public officials including the Mayor of London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, The Prince of Wales and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

Speaking about the anniversary, 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.

Today marks 15 years since the tragic 7/7 terror attacks in London. Our thoughts remain with all those affected that day.

There will always be those who seek to divide us, but our city remains united in spirit. We will never be cowed by terrorism. #LondonBombings pic.twitter.com/YoWsLGYovY

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) July 7, 2020

‘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.’

Where is the 7 July Memorial Statue?

The 7 July Memorial Statue, which features 52 stainless steel pillars to represent each of the 52 victims, is located at Hyde Park.

This is available for people to visit all year around, but it’s thought people might pay their respects today, on the 15-year anniversary.

Which stations did attacks take place?

The four suicide bombers detonated explosives on rush-hour tubes at Edgware Road, Algate and Russell Square.

A bomb was also detonated on a bus at Tavistock Square.

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