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Ceremony for atomic bomb victims

Bombing of Hiroshima
More than 200,000 people were killed in the atomic bomb blasts

Victims killed by the atomic bombs which exploded in Japan more than 60 years ago have been remembered at a ceremony in Leeds.

More than 200,000 people died in the US attacks, which took place in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August, 1945.

A wreath was laid at the city's Park Square followed a by a two-minute silence to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the bombings.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Judith Elliott, is leading the service.

The mayor said: "The annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorative service allows people in Leeds to remember the terrible events of the Second World War and the continued targeting of innocent civilians in warfare."

The ceremony took place at the Mayors for Peace memorial in the centre of the square.

Mayors for Peace was formed by the Mayor's Office of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to unite cities in seeking the removal of nuclear weapons from the world.

Leeds City Council joined the initiative in 1999, following a Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-Bomb exhibition at the Royal Armouries.



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