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London mayor vows to root out extremism on 7/7 anniversary

REMEMBERED: Four of the 52 London bombing victims (L-R) Ojara Ikeagwu, Anthony Fatayi-Williams, Gladys Wundowa and Christian Small

LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan says he will do "everything possible" to root out extremism in the capital, 11 years after 52 people were killed and a further 700 people suffered life-changing injuries after four islamist extremists detonated bombs on the London transport system.

After attending a memorial service in Hyde Park he said it was his “first priority” to keep Londoners secure as survivors called for more to be done to make London safe.

Khan, who has commissioned a security review into the readiness of London’s emergency services to deal with another major incident, pledged to strengthen links between communities to limit the risk of attack.

He said: “As Mayor, my first priority is to do everything possible to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.

“By strengthening the bonds between Londoners from different backgrounds and focusing on real neighbourhood policing, we are making it easier for people to speak out and help root out and prevent radicalisation and extremism.

He added: “We must also ensure that every single individual, and every single agency, involved in protecting our city has the resources and expertise they need to respond to any future major incident, which is why I have instigated a comprehensive preparedness review due to report later this year.”

Three bombs were detonated on the London Underground and a fourth exploded on a double-decker number 30 bus in Tavistock Square, central London on July 7 2005 by Mohammed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Hasib Hussain, and Jermaine Lindsay.

CARNAGE: What was left of the No.30 bus after Hasib Hussain detonated his bomb

Among those who died were Anthony Fatayi-Williams, Arthur Frederick, Christian Small, Ojara Ikeagwu and Gladys Wundowa.

Nigerian-born Ojara Ikeag-wu, who lived with her husband and three children in Luton, was a social worker with Hounslow social services.

The Masters degree graduate was praised for helping change lives as she worked with adults with learning disabilities. She was also known for her dedication to improving the lives of 500 students in her Nigerian village - giving them all free books, pens, pencils, rulers and school uniforms so they could get an education without incurring costs.

Ikeagwu, 56, had taken the train to Kings Cross, her usual route to work on the Piccadilly line when terrorists struck. She died from severe injuries she received from the blast.

Ikeagwu’s husband, Okora-for, told reporters: “Her death dealt a big blow to her family that has been difficult to recover from. The people she was helping and the people she could have helped are all suffering since her death."

PROMISE: London Mayor Sadiq Khan lays a reef at the memorial in Hyde Park to mark the 11th anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist attacks

Christian Small was an athlete, mentor and budding author who had recently returned from volunteering and researching his origins in West Africa, a life-changing trip, when he died.

The 28-year-old, from Walthamstow, east London, had won a gold medal in the Middlesex County Champion-ship and worked in advertising sales.

His mother, Sheila, described him in a previous interview as “a flame that lighted the way and touched many with its warmth, so short-lived and yet brilliant. Njoya, man of great spirit and determination, we will always love and remember you."

Ghanaian Gladys Wundowa, 50, lived with her husband and two children in Chadwell Heath, Essex.

She had been on her way to work as a cleaner at the University College London when she died from injuries she received during the Tavistock Square bus bombing.

A Christian and volunteer who helped other African immigrants to settle in London, Wundowa had recently begun a course in housing management. Her husband, Emmanuel Wundowa, told the BBC: “She would give her last dime to make you comfortable. And (she was) cheerful, always smiling."

Of Nigerian heritage, Anthony Fatayi-Williams, was an oil executive working for Amec, developing new business in Africa. Fatayi-Williams, who had a degree in Politics and economics from Bradford University, had hoped to start a Masters in oil and gas but sadly never got the chance. He was killed when the bomb exploded on a bus in Tavistock Square.

His mother, Marie Fatayi-Williams, told last year’s July 7 inquest, which concluded all 52 bombing victims were unlawfully killed, that: “His death has left a yawning vacuum in our lives and a sustained pain too strong for words and too deep for tears…Oh, how I miss you sorely, such that the rose is not red and the violets are not blue any more for me.”

MUSIC LOVER: Arthur Frederick

Arthur Frederick was a museum security guard.

Originally from Montserrat in the Caribbean, he lived in Seven Sisters in north London.

A man who spent 31 years in Montserrat’s police force before retiring in 1997 and moving to London, he was killed on the Piccadilly Line train at Russell Square.

His son, Astrid Wade, told the BBC: “He was a friendly person who got along with everyone. He loved his music."

Wade added: “When I hear his songs on the radio, it brings back his memory. I do miss him."

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