A 20th anniversary memorial service will be held next week to honour those killed and injured in the 1996 Docklands bomb.

The multi-faith service on Tuesday, February 9, will welcome survivors and the families of those killed in the South Quays terrorist attack.

Also expected on the day is the mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs and some of those affected by the 7/7 attacks, the 1983 Harrods bomb, the Paris attacks and Mumbai attacks.

During the event there will be 20 white doves released “as a symbol of peace and to symbolise our desire to end all terrorist violence throughout the world,” according to the president of the Docklands Victims Association, Jonathan Ganesh.

The flock of doves, provided by The White Dove Company, will be released by victims and members of the community.

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At 7.01pm the IRA, aided by then Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his regime, detonated a lorry bomb by South Quay DLR Station, in Marsh Wall.

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The attack resulted in the death of Inam Bashir and John Jeffries who had been working in their nearby newspaper kiosk Newstop2000.

Mr Ganesh, who was one of the 40 injured in the bomb, said: “I can’t believe it is 20 years since the IRA, with the help of Gaddafi, blew up the London Docklands.

Fighter: Jonathan Ganesh holding photos of his friends, John Jeffries and Inam Bashir, who were killed in the Docklands IRA bomb in 1996

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“It only seems like yesterday that I was trying to dig my way out of the rubble. I still deeply miss my friends Inam and JJ.”

Inam’s mum, Hamida Bashir, said: “It will be very sad and heartbreaking to attend my son’s and John’s memorial service.

“I’m so touched that after 20 years the community has never forgotten my poor son and his friend John.

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“It breaks my heart that terrorists still kill innocent children.”

A cleaner at Midland Bank - a building which was severely damaged by the bomb - Joyce Brown said: “It is a day that East London will never forget.

“I was cleaning the toilets in the bank and the ceiling tiles came crushing down on my head. I was petrified. The boys in the newspaper shop were loved by all who know them. I still think of them.”

The service will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 1pm at South Quay Station, Marsh Wall.