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Minute’s silence to remember 7/7 a decade on

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 July 2015

The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square which was blown up by a suicide bomber on 7/7. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/PA

The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square which was blown up by a suicide bomber on 7/7. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/PA

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A minute’s silence will be held today to remember the 52 people killed in the 7/7 bombings a decade ago.

Buses will stop and announcements on the Tube network would be halted for the duration of the silence, which will take place at 11.30am.

A memorial service will take place this morning at St Paul’s Cathedral, with survivors, relatives of those killed and members of the emergency services invited.

A second service will take place at the Hyde Park memorial this afternoon, with the Duke of Cambridge due to attend.

Commuters are also asked to get off their train, Tube or bus one stop early and walk the rest of their journey.

The tribute was inspired by scenes of thousands walking home together across London on the afternoon of July 7, 2005, as the transport network was shut down following the attack.

Within three minutes of 8.50am, three bombs were detonated at Aldgate, Edgware Road and between King’s Cross and Russell Square stations.

A fourth was detonated on board the number 30 bus at Tavistock Square at 9.47am.

Hundreds were injured in the UK’s worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Among those killed was Plaistow’s Shahara Islam, who was taking the bus to work at the Co-operative Bank in Islington.

The 20-year-old had deviated from her usual route due to the disruption from the previous bombings.


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