Sadiq Khan leads tributes on 15th anniversary of London 7/7 terror attack

7 July 2020, 08:03

Sadiq Khan lays a wreath at the 7/7 memorial today
Sadiq Khan lays a wreath at the 7/7 memorial today. Picture: PA
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has led the tributes on the 15th anniversary of the London 7/7 terror attack.

The mayor paid tribute to the 52 victims of the series of coordinated bombings that shook the capital to its core.

Attacks on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus claimed the lives of both the victims and the bombers in 2005, while more than 700 people were injured.

Marking the anniversary on Tuesday, Mr Khan said: "Today we honour the 52 people who lost their lives and more than 700 who were injured on July 7, 2005.

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"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."

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to Twitter to send his thoughts to those grieving their loved ones.

He wrote: "Today we remember all those who lost their lives in the London bombings, 15 years ago.

"My heart goes out to all those who were there that day, living still with the memory of those horrific events, and all those grieving loved ones."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also paid tribute to the victims and thanked the emergency services for their response.

"Fifteen years ago today the horrific 7/7 terrorist attacks took place in London.

"We remember the 52 people who died, and our thoughts are with their families, friends, and the 700 people injured that day.

"We thank the police and emergency services who responded so bravely.

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London's Transport Commissioner Mike Brown also paid tribute, calling on the unity through diversity.

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."