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'I won't let the bombers beat me'
Garri Holness in his hospital bed
Mr Holness said he does not hate the bombers
A man who had part of his leg blown off in the 7 July attacks has said how he will not let the bombers beat him.

On the four-week anniversary of the bombs, Garri Holness, 37, from Streatham, south-west London, told BBC News of his experience at King's Cross.

He said he knew his lower left leg had gone straight away, which had helped him come to terms with the loss.

Mr Holness said he pitied the bombers if they felt they had to commit the crime to make something of their lives.

"I think [they were] warped individuals, with no life - need a goal in life, to say that they have done something in life to be a martyr.

If I allow myself to have a bad day then they [the bombers] have won that one day from me... I won't allow that to happen
Garri Holness
Tube bomb survivor
"That's what I think of them, brainwashed individuals, and I feel sorry for them in a sense because they didn't have a brain to think that what they are doing is not right.

"Apparently some of them have families and babies on the way. It doesn't make sense to me."

He said he did not hate the bombers, but his feelings were different for those who he believed put the idea of the attacks to them.

"The people that have brainwashed them and got them to do that, these are the people that I hate.

"Because these people are turning people against Muslims. Because they have taken part of the Koran, little sections of it, switched it round, watered it down and brainwashed individuals to believe what they are doing is correct.

Road to recovery

"But it is not correct. Because they are not martyrs. They are not going anywhere, they are not going to heaven if they believe that because they've just killed innocent individuals, they haven't killed anybody that's actually done anything to them.

"Not an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth. That doesn't work here."

Mr Holness is still in hospital where he is waiting to have a skin graft on the affected leg.

He said because his leg was taken off by the force of the blast it was difficult for medics to deal with, as similar injuries had not been a common problem in the UK since World War II.

A successful graft, he said, would signal the next step on the road to recovery.

'Moving on'

Mr Holness said he is continuing to stay positive.

"I'm not allowing myself to have a bad day," he said, "If I allow myself to have a bad day then they [the bombers] have won that one day from me.

"I'm not allowing that to happen. I won't let them beat me.

"I'm looking at myself as being one of the lucky ones.

"My life still remains here, I can still move on with it."

Survivor Garri Holness on his feelings towards the bombers


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