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U.K. Holds Minute of Silence Honoring Victims of London Terror Attack

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The U.K. went silent for a minute on Tuesday in tribute to the seven people killed and the 48 injured in Saturday night’s terrorist attacks.

Holding umbrellas during a rain shower, well-wishers stood at a shrine close to the site of the attacks at London Bridge as bells sounded to mark the minute’s peace in honor of the victims. As clocks struck 11 a.m., members of the emergency services stood with their heads bowed at Glasgow train station in Scotland and hundreds of miles south at London’s City Hall.

Flags are flying at half-staff on public buildings across Britain until this evening.

Two victims of the attack have been publicly named: Christine Archibald, a Canadian who died in the arms of her fiancé, and Kirsty Boden, who was originally from Australia but worked at London’s Guy’s Hospital as a nurse.

Christine Archibald
Courtesy of the Archibald family via AP
Kirsty Boden
Metropolitan Police/ via AP

The three suspects in the attack have been identified.

On Monday night, thousands paid tribute in a vigil held on the south bank of the River Thames, not far from the site of the attack. There, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the gathering, “London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city . . . and our way of life. I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who committed these hideous crimes: We will defeat you, you will not win.”

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Members of the crowd held up banners with messages of love and solidarity, as they joined police officers, emergency workers, members of the Muslim community, politicians of the mainstream political parties and commuters leaving work after their first day back since the traumatic weekend.

Also on Monday, the first funeral of those killed in the suicide bomb blast at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert on May 22 was buried on a remote Scottish island. The ceremony for schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod was held on the Hebridean island of Barra, about 200 miles west of Glasgow.