Service held for victims of IRA South Quay bomb

A MULTI-faith service to remember the victims of the South Quay IRA bomb has been held on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist atrocity.

Religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths said prayers for victims John Jeffries and Inam Bashir who were killed in 1996.

The 0.5 tonne bomb injured 39 other people and did �85 million worth of damage to the area.

Jonathan Ganesh, one of the survivors, led the service and was joined by victims from the July 7 London bombings including Beverli Rhodes of the Survivors Coalition Foundation.

Ganesh, who has been leading the campaign for compensation from the Libyan Government said: “We have come together to remember John and Inam in our prayers. We now want justice for the victims through reconciliation with Libya. We stand here together with people of all different colours and creeds and religions and we want justice for the friends we have lost.”

Ihsan Bashir, who lost his brother in the South Quay bomb, said: “The Government needs to stand up for the victims and justice. We hope Mr Cameron will keep his promise he made before he became Prime Minister.”

Twelve doves were released by some of the victims as a symbol of peace after prayers were read by religious leaders.

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MP Jim Fitpatrick, Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Chief Supt Paul Rickett and Willie Frazer from Fair were also present at the service.