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Vigils for London bombing victims
Speakers at the Glasgow vigil
A minute's silence was held for victims of the bombing
Public vigils have taken place in Edinburgh and Glasgow to remember the victims of the London suicide bombings.

Simultaneous gatherings at The Mound and in George Square were organised by a number of groups.

They included the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), the Stop the War Coalition and Scottish CND.

As well as expressing sympathy for the London victims, speakers at the Glasgow event condemned US and British military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They also opposed anti-Islamic attacks following the blasts in the UK capital, which killed at least 55 people, including the bombers.

Those attending the events observed a minute's silence for the bombing victims and a piper played a lament at the Glasgow gathering.

Muslims are as horrified by the atrocity in London as everyone else
Osama Saeed

Organisers said: "This vigil for peace has been called in remembrance of the victims in London but also for every single person, civilian and military, who has been killed by Bush and Blair's unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Speakers included Maxine Gentle, the sister of Private Gordon Gentle who was killed in Iraq. Since his death the soldier's family have campaigned against British military involvement there.

Also speaking were the Reverend John Mann of the Church of Scotland, Scottish Socialist Party MSP Rosie Kane and Osama Saeed, of the Muslim Association of Britain.

Mr Saeed, said: "Muslims are as horrified by the atrocity in London as everyone else.

"It is doubly frustrating for us, as some sections of society expect us to look within ourselves and deal with those who want to kill and maim.

"The reality though is that these people aren't even a minority - they are a tiny handful and we don't know who or where they are."

Earlier in the day, speakers including MP George Galloway addressed a gathering in Russell Square in London in support of the victims.

They also expressed "opposition to the racism and Islamophobia which have resulted since Thursday's attacks".

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