London terror attack

Thousands remember London attack victims at vigil in Trafalgar Square

People at a vigil in Trafalgar Square on Thursday for victims of the terror attack in London. The city's Mayor Khan led the tributes in the heavily policed square, vowing that "Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism".
People at a vigil in Trafalgar Square on Thursday for victims of the terror attack in London. The city's Mayor Khan led the tributes in the heavily policed square, vowing that "Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism".PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

LONDON • One man draped himself in Britain's Union Jack flag and lit a candle placed on sand. Another carried a sign that said "hate will not divide us".

Thousands went to Trafalgar Square on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of Wednesday's terror attack. Retiree Wendy Scott was among them. "We will carry on," she told Agence France- Presse (AFP), before laying a bunch of daffodils in the square.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan led the tributes in the heavily policed square, vowing "Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism".

"The victims were people who came from all corners of our world," he said.

Standing next to Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Acting Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Craig Mackey, Mr Khan lit a candle at the vigil.

Mr Naveed Mirza, a Muslim student, told AFP that he had received overwhelming support since the attack. "We have come to say how, as Muslims, we unequivocally condemn all the violent actions that took place yesterday," he said.

Indeed, Muslims Unite for London raised £18,000 (S$31,500) to support those killed and injured, said the Daily Mail. The project was set up by Mr Muddassar Ahmed, an Arab News columnist who was in an MP's office during the attack.

Many people approached police officers to offer condolences over their colleague who was killed.

"I told them I am sorry for your loss and we stand by you for your work," charity worker Anne- Marie Wilson, 53, told AFP. "They have lost a brother, it could have been any one of us."

 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2017, with the headline 'Thousands remember London attack victims at vigil in Trafalgar Square'. Print Edition | Subscribe