Aldgate remembers its seven dead from London’s 7/7 bombings

AN ORDINARY day on the London Underground was marked by the fourth anniversary of the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks which claimed 52 lives on July 7, 2005. They included seven at Aldgate when one of the bombers blew himself up on a Circle Line train in the tunnel approaching the station

By Julia Gregory

AN ORDINARY day on the London Underground was marked by the fourth anniversary of the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks which claimed 52 lives on July 7, 2005.

They included seven at Aldgate station killed when one of the four bombers blew himself up on a Circle Line train in the tunnel approaching the station that fateful morning rush-hour.

Families and friends of those who died in one of the four bombings visited Aldgate to leave floral tributes at the memorial in the ticket hall.

171 INJURED

The survivors included a young man who lost a leg in the blast and had been unable to visit Aldgate until yesterday’s anniversary. He was one of 171 people injured on the train who were treated at the Royal London Hospital that Thursday in 2005.

“I’m so proud of him for coming,” said London Underground’s Nacema Vali. “He told me he has used the Underground since the bombing, but has not been able to get on the Circle Line until now. It must have been hard to visit the station here.”

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