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07 July 2015

Together we remember 7/7 10 years on

Together we remember 7/7 10 years on

Today marks 10 years since suicide bombers killed 52 people and left many more injured and terrorised on London transport in the rush hour on the morning of 7 July, 2005.

The bombings of three Tube trains and a bus, carried out by four bombers linked to al-Qaeda and carrying rucksacks of explosives - was the worst single terrorist atrocity in the UK.

At just after 08:50 on 7 July, three explosions took place on the Underground - 26 people died at Russell Square, six at Edgware Road and seven at Aldgate.

Almost an hour later, a fourth device was set off on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, killing 13 people.

This morning, police and fire service officials joined Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson to lay wreaths at the 7 July memorial in Hyde Park, survivors gathered and laid flowers at Edgware Road Tube station and in Tavistock Square.

As Evangelical Alliance staff passed through Kings Cross station this morning they observed a gathering at the memorial and like other commuters, halted and took part in a minute's silence that was held at 08:50. Other underground stations near the explosions, such as Aldgate, did the same.

A nationally televised service at St Paul's Cathedral has taken place this morning in memory of the victims and people across the country have been solemnly remembering. The St Paul's service incorporated a minute's silence, which was marked across the country at 11.30 BST.

Religious leaders spoke out yesterday of the importance of all faiths standing together in the face of terrorism. Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders led a procession with a floral tribute reading "Together", from Kings Cross to Tavistock Square –two scenes of the attacks.

Imam Qari Asim, of Leeds' largest mosque, Makkah Masjid, the Rev Bertrand Olivier, vicar of All-Hallows-by-the-Tower in the City of London, and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, from Movement for Reform Judaism, spoke of the importance of solidarity to show terrorists they can't win. They were joined by 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks, who lost both her legs in an explosion on the train between King's Cross and Russell Square.

Following on from this message, commuters were urged to walk together by finishing their morning bus or Underground commute one stop early and travelling the last few minutes by foot. Many did so and tweeted #walktogether.

David Cameron said the day of the attacks was "one of those days where everybody remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news," and tweeted: "10 years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat continues to be as real as it is deadly - but we will never be cowed by terrorism."

The anniversary comes at a time when international terrorism is feeding public fear and the country is still reeling from the British victims of the shooting in Tunisia. Speaking of continued terrorism threats, he added: "As we face this deep and long-term menace, let us continue to affirm our solidarity with one another, finding strength in the God who conquered evil when Jesus rose from the dead."

Mark Woods, who shared his reflections on terrorism and forgiveness, said: "It isn't about undoing anything. But it is about refusing to allow the future to be controlled by the worst of the past. It's about a conscious commitment to be nourished by the best.

"The fear, the anger, the resentment and the desire for revenge don't necessarily go away, but they are overmastered by the sense of God's grace, His gifts and His peace. If we're faithful to our calling, the terrorists will never win. Light always overcomes darkness." Read his full article on Christian Today.