The Mayor of London has remembered the terrorist attacks that took place in the Nation’s capital on 7 July 2005.
Islamist terrorists detonated three bombs on the Underground, two on the Circle line, near Aldgate and at Edgware Road, and one on the Piccadilly line near Russell Square. Later, a fourth bomb exploded on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square.
In addition to the four suicide bombers, 52 people died. They were all UK residents, but included 18 different nationalities. A further 700 were injured.
On 7 July 2021, Sadiq Khan said: “Today, we honour the 52 people who lost their lives and remember more than 700 who were injured following the terrorist attacks in our city on 7 July, 2005.
“Our capital stands together to reflect and remember the innocent victims, and our thoughts are with all those whose lives were changed forever.
“As we mark 16 years since the attacks 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 help people and save lives.
“The way our city responded that day and continues to stand united against terrorism shows the world that now and forever, those who seek to destroy our way of life in London will never win.
“London will always stand defiantly against the evils of hatred and terrorism. Our values of freedom, tolerance and mutual respect will always prevail over those who seek to divide us.”
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, added: “We must never forget those who were impacted by the loss and tragedy of 7/7 and we must always be vigilant to ensure that it does not happen again.
“As we remember the victims, and their families, we all give thanks to the staff and emergency services who not only helped at the time but prevented much greater loss of life and hurt.”