7/7: In Memoriam

Fifteen years ago today, on the 7th of July 2005, domestic Islamist terrorists carried out a series of suicide bombing attacks in London.

Three bombs were detonated on underground trains, and a fourth on the top deck of a London bus.

52 people were killed, and 700 injured. The bombers also died in their own explosions.

Those killed were from 19 different countries, including Britain. Three of the bombers were British-born sons of Pakistani immigrants, one was a convert born in Jamaica.

At the time, I was living less than a 10-minute walk from where the bus was blown up. I had been on night duty, working for the Metropolitan Police, and was sleeping. I didn’t hear any of the explosions, but did hear the sirens of the emergency vehicles. Such sounds were so common in London, I paid them no attention, and went back to sleep.

39 thoughts on “7/7: In Memoriam

  1. Thank you for remembering on this, Pete! New i know, why we here got only a remembrance on the Srebrenica massacre, not on this too. It was much closer to us, here in Germany, and – as we will believe in the state security agencies – can every time happen again. Michael

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    1. Most people here understand the difference beteen fundamentalist fanatics and religious Muslims, fortunately. But some do tend to blame the religion, not the individuals.
      Thanks, Shaily.
      best wishes, pete.

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      1. Thank you, Pete! Unfortunately an act if terrorism in one part of the world bring a bad name to Muslims across the world. I have seen too much of bias in India against Muslims. It is as if Indian Government is set on Ethnic Cleansing of this Secular nation. Doesn’t feel like the India I grew up in anymore.

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  2. We woke up to it on the news, a very sad and shocking day – after so much joy in the country the day before. Did it factor in you relocating away from the city? We stopped taking work contracts there when we were able to from then onwards 🌿

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      1. That’s really admirable Pete. Having worked in public services, I’ve a great respect for those in the police and ambulance service, who have been there for us when we’ve needed back up countless times. Best wishes 🌿

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  3. My eldest son was commuting on the underground train behind. My daughter had been trying to call him but it was a while before he was back above ground and could let us know he was OK.
    Fortunately I was at work and away from the news. The first I heard about it was my daughter’s text telling us that her brother was safe.

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    1. My day shift colleagues were all involved in the multiple incidents, and my cousin was a British Transport Police officer, working at Edgware Road Station as the bomb went off. It was a hell of a day for all involved. Glad your son was safe, Cathy.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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