I am sure you join me today in sending your thoughts to St Petersburg after horrific events left at least10 killed, and over 40 injured.
This isn’t something I’ve spoken about much before, as it’s personal, and there are many in the same position, but the events of July 7th 2005, when terrorists struck London’s transport system, left a deep mark on me.
The attack happened on the tube I took to work, though that morning I’d cycled. I well remember going to Kings Cross to pay respects, the faces of victims, and one woman, who lost a leg in the tragedy, going past my office window each day. It was my first visceral understanding of terrorism, and until war in Donbass, the worst, most shocking day of my life.
Today, I send sincere and deep condolences to all my friends in the amazing city of St Petersburg, which I’ve visited many times. And not only, to everyone in that wonderful city, and their loved ones, to all affected by this atrocity. Looking at the photos, of people lying stricken by a metro, immediately took me back to the devastation, hurt, pain, anger of 2005, and even more recently.
And even, this morning, I’d finished work on, and uploaded part 1 of my most recent special reportage, on the recent terrorist attack in London. I am sure everyone from London, and indeed across the world, will show their empathy, and support for St Petersburg, for Russia.
Years move on, and destinations may be different, but the face of terrorism is always hideous, and the result, the death of innocent people, always tragic, devastating, unforgivable.