Victims of 7/7 terror attack remembered at Aldgate station 12 years on
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The seven people who died during the Aldgate station bombing 12 years ago were remembered during a commemoration event this morning.
The victims were among 52 killed and more than 700 injured in a terrorist attack on London’s transport network on July 7, 2005, with other bombs detonated on Tubes near Edgware Road and Russell Square, and on a bus in Tavistock Square.
Flowers were laid at a memorial in Aldgate station and a minute’s silence observed.
Volunteers from the Heart 2 Heart organisation also handed out flowers to commuters.
Shaikh Selina Begum, who led the memorial event, said: “For us this is about mending and uniting hearts.
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“The attacks on London 12 years ago were an attack on us all and there has been so much pain, sorrow and terror since.
“We are humbled to be here today and send our heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives on that tragic day.”
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Claire Moll from St George in the East church, Whitechapel, added: “It was a tragedy which affected so many people and not just Londoners.
“We stand united here today and make a bold statement that we will not allow division and discord to be sown. We will stand firmly together as citizens.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also paid tribute, laying a wreath at the memorial in Hyde Park.
He said: “Twelve years ago, our city suffered a cowardly and barbaric terrorist attack.
“We will never forget those who lost their lives on 7/7 - and we honour them again today and they will always remain in our hearts.
“As well as grieving those we have lost, we also pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and transport colleagues on that darkest of days.”
He added: “The way our city stood together in the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks inspired the world. When Londoners face adversity, we always pull together.
“The best way we can honour all those who tragically lost their lives is to ensure that we always stand together as a city, uphold our values and show the world that London will never be cowed by terrorism.”