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Mayor of London pays tribute to victims of 7/7 bombings

Sadiq Khan honoured the victims of the 7/7 bombings at a memorial in Hyde Park today (Credit: Mayor of London)

The Mayor of London has paid tribute to those who lost their lives during the 7/7 bombings. 

Today is the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in which 52 people died and more than 700 were injured. 

Four suicide bombers detonated three bombs on London Underground trains and a fourth on a double-decker bus in central London in 2005. 

Flowers have been laid at the memorial (Credit: Mayor of London)

Sadiq Khan honoured the victims and thanked emergency service workers at a memorial in Hyde Park today. 

He said: “Our capital stands together to reflect and remember the innocent victims, and our thoughts are with all those whose lives were changed forever.

“As we mark 16 years since the attacks on our city, I want again to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and transport workers, who ran towards danger to help people and save lives.

“The way our city responded that day and continues to stand united against terrorism shows the world that now and forever, those who seek to destroy our way of life in London will never win.

“London will always stand defiantly against the evils of hatred and terrorism. Our values of freedom, tolerance and mutual respect will always prevail over those who seek to divide us.”

Police also attended the memorial (Credit: British Transport Police)

Representatives from the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police (BTP) also paid tribute to the victims of the attack at the memorial. 

A statement on twitter from BTP said: “We remember them and their loved ones, and we thank our emergency service colleagues who bravely ran towards danger that terrible day.” 

The memorial consists of 52 stainless steel pillars, representing each of the victims. They are clustered in four groups to represent the four locations of the attacks. 

It is based in the south east corner of the park and was first erected on the fourth anniversary of the bombings in 2009. 

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