Victims of IRA Docklands bombing remembered

VICTIMS of terror attacks from around the world came together for a special service to remember the 15th anniversary of the IRA Docklands bomb.

More than 100 people gathered to pay their respects to shop workers Inam Bashir and John Jeffries who died in the blast at South Quay in 1996.

The service, held on February 9, was organised by the Docklands Victim Association.

Ihsan Bashir, the brother of Inam, spoke at the ceremony along with security guard Jonathan Ganesh who was hurt in the blast.

Mr Ganesh said: “Never a day goes by that I don’t think of JJ and Inam.

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“I am touched, and I’m sure they would be too, about the number of people who came here today to remember them.

“People have come together to make a statement that we condemn all acts of terrorism across the world that affect innocent people.”

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7/7 survivor Beverli Rhodes, founder of the Survivors Coalition Foundation, also spoke.

Representatives from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths read out prayers.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said he remembered the day clearly, and condemned terrorist attacks as “crimes against humanity.”

A dozen white doves were released as a sign of peace at the end of the ceremony.

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