Sadiq Khan lays flowers at 7/7 memorial to mark 14th anniversary of bombing that killed 52

SADIQ Khan today laid flowers at the 7/7 memorial, marking 14 years since the horrific Tube bombings that killed 52 people.

The London mayor vowed the innocent victims would “remain with us in our hearts forever” as services were held across London for the atrocity.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan lays a wreath at the 7/7 Memorial,
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan lays a wreath at the 7/7 Memorial,
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Fifty-two people had been killed and dozens injured on the morning of July 7, 2005, when sick suicide bombers targeted innocent people on their way to work in central London.

The atrocity was the first ever Islamic suicide attack on British soil.

Laying flowers at a memorial, Mr Khan said: “Today we honour the 52 people who tragically lost their lives 14 years ago in the terrible attacks on our city.

“We will never forget those innocent victims, and as we grieve for them we also pay tribute to the heroic efforts of the emergency services and first responders who selflessly ran towards danger to help others.

“Londoners showed resilience and unity in the face of huge adversity in 2005, and sadly our city has faced difficult times since then.

“But, standing together, we uphold the values that make this the best city in the world, united in defiance against terrorism.”

On the fateful morning, the group of three suicide bombers had set off from Leeds, West Yorkshire in a hired car to pick up their fourth accomplice in Luton, Bedfordshire.

The gang then travelled by train into central London carrying rucksacks packed full of explosives and arrived at London King’s Cross station at 8.23am.

Standing together, we uphold the values that make this the best city in the world, united in defiance against terrorism


Sadiq KhanLondon Mayor

Three bombs were detonated on board London Underground trains within 50 seconds of each other.

The fourth attack happened on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, close to King’s Cross station, at 9.47am – about an hour after the other explosions.

The victims were aged between 20 and 60, with an average age of 34.

It comes after the worst injured survivor of the terror attacks, Dan Biddle, revealed fears the horror has been forgotten.

The 40-year-old lost both legs, and eye and his spleen when one of the bombs went off – saying: “Everyone needs to keep being educated about it otherwise those warning signs will be forgotten.

“If people don’t know their neighbour buying two barrels of hydrogen peroxide when they are not hairdressers isn’t a red flag, there’s a risk it could happen again.”

Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Paul Crowther, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commissioner of the City of London Police Ian Dyson also all lay flowers.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid also paid his respects.

He tweeted: “We will never forget the 52 lives that were lost & the hundreds injured in the 7/7 attacks. Fourteen years on, our strength & resolve in the fight against terror remains undimmed. #WeStandTogether”

Messages were left in memory of the dozens of victims of the Tube bombings
Messages were left in memory of the dozens of victims of the Tube bombings
Peter Jordan – The Sun
The British Transport Police also left a message of condolence
The British Transport Police also left a message of condolence
Peter Jordan – The Sun

Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Paul Crowther, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commissioner of the City of London Police Ian Dyson lay flowers
Peter Jordan – The Sun

Chief Constable of the British Transport Police Paul Crowther, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commissioner of the City of London Police Ian Dyson lay flowers[/caption]

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