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7/7: London Terror Attacks 10 Years On

The cover of the report by the cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee which say that if more resources had been in place sooner the chances of preventing the July 7 attacks on London could have increased.

Some of the most iconic images that came to define the London terror bombings on 7 July 2005 were recorded outside Edgware Road Tube Station  in west London in the aftermath of the terrorist attack which claimed a total of 52 victims. The image of a man comforting a female passenger wearing a white protective face mask and another of a bloodied but defiant man in a suit with a bandaged head wound, clutching a plastic bottle and cup defined the atrocities which plunged London into chaos and fear.

7/7 Walking wounded leaving Edgware Road tube station to be treated at the London Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road.

Terror attack: A man helping a female victim as she left Edgware Road tube station to be treated at the London Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road

The walking wounded were treated at the London Metropole Hotel on the busy Edgware Road after Mohammad Sidique Khan, ring-leader of the terror plot detonated a bomb on the westbound Circle Line train heading towards Paddington. The bomb went off around 0850hrs in the second carriage near a set of double doors claiming six lives.

An injured man, one of the walking wounded leaving Edgware Road tube station to be treated at the London Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road

Defiant: An injured man, one of the walking wounded leaving Edgware Road tube station to be treated at the London Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road

CCTV images later showed the terrorists, the trio of Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22  and Hasib Hussain, 18 and the youngest bomber before meeting up with their fourth accomplice 19 year-old Germaine Lindsay, 19, in Luton. The footage formed part of the significant timeline of events on the fateful day as they travelled into London with bombed-packed rucksacks.

Hyde Park Memorial

Composite of handout photographs of some of the victims of the London terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005. Top row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Helen Jones, 28; Ciaran Cassidy, 22; Gamze Gunoral, 24; Christian Small; Karolina Gluck. Second row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Couple Lee Harris, 30, and Samatha Badham, 36; Atique Sharifi, 24; Elizabeth Daplyn, 20; Adrian Johnson, 37; Monika Suchocka, 23. Third row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Susan Levy, 53; James Mayes, 28; James Adams; Rachelle Yuen; Ihab Slimane,19. Fourth row from left, victims of the Tavistock Square bomb: Shyanuja Parathasangary; Giles Hart; Anthony Fatayi-Williams; Marie Hartley; Miriam Hyman. Fifth row from left: victims of the  Tavistock Square bomb Jamie Gordon and Neetu Jain; victims of the Aldgate bomb Richard Gray, Benedetta Ciaccia and Richard Ellery. Bottom row from left: Aldgate bomb victim Fiona Stevenson; Edgware Road bomb victims David Foulkes, Jonathan Downey, Laura Webb and Jennifer Nicholson.

Composite of handout photographs of some of the victims of the London terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005. Top row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Helen Jones, 28; Ciaran Cassidy, 22; Gamze Gunoral, 24; Christian Small; Karolina Gluck. Second row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Couple Lee Harris, 30, and Samatha Badham, 36; Atique Sharifi, 24; Elizabeth Daplyn, 20; Adrian Johnson, 37; Monika Suchocka, 23. Third row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Susan Levy, 53; James Mayes, 28; James Adams; Rachelle Yuen; Ihab Slimane,19. Fourth row from left, victims of the Tavistock Square bomb: Shyanuja Parathasangary; Giles Hart; Anthony Fatayi-Williams; Marie Hartley; Miriam Hyman. Fifth row from left: victims of the Tavistock Square bomb Jamie Gordon and Neetu Jain; victims of the Aldgate bomb Richard Gray, Benedetta Ciaccia and Richard Ellery. Bottom row from left: Aldgate bomb victim Fiona Stevenson; Edgware Road bomb victims David Foulkes, Jonathan Downey, Laura Webb and Jennifer Nicholson.

A series of events have been organised in memory and honour of the innocent people killed and injured and their families, and to the first responders and other members of the public who were intimately involved in the attacks and their aftermath. The survivors and the families of the 52 victims of the bombings have been invited to attend a service of commemoration in St Paul’s Cathedral at 11am.

They will be joined by staff from Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, British Transport Police, the City of London Police and the London based NHS representatives who were involved in the 2005 events.

Shadows fall on a memorial  in Hyde Park, commemorating the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings

Shadows fall on a memorial in Hyde Park, commemorating the 52 victims of the July 7, 2005 terror bombings

The Mayor of London and HRH the Duke of York will be in attendance, and other senior figures have been invited to pay their respects. The service will be broadcast live on BBC1 from 10:30am. The London Mayor has urged Londoners to lead the country in a one minute silence at 11:30am to reflect on the anniversary.

There will also be an event at the 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park at 2:30pm. This event is open to the general public, although certain areas will be reserved for the survivors and victims’ families.

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