MAYOR of London, Sadiq Khan led a heart-rending vigil in Britain’s capital yesterday in honour of those killed and hurt in the barbaric terror attack at the weekend.
Khan condemned Saturday night’s events and vowed the terrorists ‘will not win’ as thousands gathered on the banks of the River Thames to pay their respects.
He also thanked emergency services who were there on the night when terror struck, and the ‘brave Londoners’ who ran towards the danger to save others.
People of all ages braved the rain, gathering just a few hundred yards away from where three militants rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing partygoers at nearby Borough Market on Saturday night, killing seven people and injuring 48.
Mourners took part in a minute silence before roaring in cheers throughout Khan’s powerful speech.
Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major western capital, said the militants who targeted civilians in bars and restaurants were despicable and the city would be resilient in the face of the attack.
‘London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life,’ Khan said, flanked by politicians from across party divides, police officers and leaders from different faiths.
‘As the mayor of London, I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes.’
‘We will defeat you. You will not win,’ he said.
The city, sheltered by dark clouds, was lit up with tea candles and coloured with beds of flowers along the streets in honour of the slain innocents.
There was a heavy police presence in the vicinity, with police cars blocking major entrances to the park.