Victims of London nail bomb attacks remembered

Ansar Ahmed Ullah : To mark the 20 anniversary of London nail bomb attacks Brick Lane Act of Remembrance was held on Wednesday 24 April in front of Brick Lane Police Station with candle light vigil for the victims & the injured of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

The 1999 London nail bombings were a series of bomb explosions that took place over three successive weekends between 17 April in Brixton, 24 April in Brick Lane and 30 April in Soho. While fortunately no one was killed in Brixton and Brick Lane bombing unfortunately three people lost their lives in Soho attack.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets stressed the need of unity of all communities and stated Tower Hamlets as a place of no hate. Mark Healey, Founder of Hate Crime Awareness Week reminded the bomb attack carried out by Neo Nazi militant & former member of BNP killed three people in Soho, including a pregnant woman, and injured 140 people, four of whom lost limbs. LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson recited a poem in memory of the victims.

The event ended with a minute silence for the victims. A plaque was mounted on the wall next to police station as a reminder.

The event was attended by local community & anti-racist activists, Cllrs, Police Commander Sue Williams, senior Council officials and Emdad Talukder who was injured in the Brick Lane blast.

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