7/7 London bombings: Events and how to watch commemoration for 15th anniversary of terror attack

BRITS are set to mark the 15th anniversary of the tragic 7/7 London bombings with a host of virtual events.

52 people were killed and over 700 injured when four suicide bombers detonated explosives during the morning rush hour on the London Underground.

How will the 7/7 anniversary be commemorated?

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all physical events commemorating the 7/7 bombings have been cancelled.

However, virtual commemorations are set to go ahead today to remember those who lost their lives in the attack.

Special online film to be broadcast

As part of the commemorations, a film is set to be broadcast online via YouTube and Vimeo.

This will include messages of support from survivors, bereaved family members and public officials including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, The Prince of Wales, and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick are also among those who will pay their respects.

What happened on the July 7, 2005?

On July 7, 2005, four suicide bombers detonated explosives during the morning rush hour on Tube trains at Edgware Road, Aldgate and Russell Square.

A bomb was also detonated on a bus at Tavistock Square.

The total deaths numbered 52 with over 700 injured.

Who were the bombers?

The four suicide bombers were later identified and named after the attack as:

  • Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, from Beeston, Leeds. He was married with a young child and worked as a learning mentor at a primary school. He detonated his device at Edgware Road killing six people, and himself.
  • Shehzad Tanweer, 22, lived in Leeds with his parents and worked in a fish and chip shop. He blew himself up on a train between Liverpool Street and Aldgate station, killing seven others.
  • Germaine Lindsay, 19, lived in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, with his pregnant wife and young son before detonating his suicide device at Russell Square, killing 26 people plus himself.
  • Hasib Hussain, 18, was the youngest terrorist and was from Leeds, where he lived with his brother and sister-in-law. He killed 13 people and himself on the bus at Tavistock Square.

None of the bombers were previously known to authorities.

Speaking in 2019, mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute to Londoners who had shown "resilience" after the bombing.

He said: "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."

 

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