From the web: 'We are a community and we can beat this'

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CHRIS DU PREEZ, SOUTH AFRICA

My wife and child are on holiday in London, staying in a hotel near Russell Square. They were just about to go to the Tube station when they heard the bus explode. It was a terrifying experience for them, but today they got back onto the Tube and train to go to Pooh Corner. They still feel frightened, but they say London is still a great place and they will not let these cowards intimidate them or ruin their holiday. Keep up the good work in London.

ZARAH, LONDON

I am a young Muslim woman who was born and brought up in London. I count myself as a British citizen and was shocked, disgusted and saddened by the events of yesterday. As I was walking home yesterday, several people looked at me with disgust and some made very horrible comments because I wear a head scarf and am easily recognisable as a Muslim person. My friend who also wears a scarf was hassled on the way to work today as well. It is sad that because of the actions of certain extreme individuals, the rest of us will bear the harsh consequences. They are individuals and we are a community and we can beat this.

ABDUL-REHMAN MALIK, RUSSELL SQUARE, LONDON

My flat is about 50 yards from the bus bombing. As a London Muslim, I am part of a community that makes up 10-14 per cent of the city's population. Although I can see the wreckage of the bombed bus, I have faith in the capacity of this city to see this for what it is: a political act motivated by anger and hate. We will not respond to hate with hate, but by embracing the diversity that enriches us and by uniting against those that use terrorism, here or abroad.

JONATHAN WATSON, LONDON

Working only 100 yards or so away from Aldgate, we could see the shock and horror on the faces of people being helped out of the station by the emergency services. I feel tremendous pride in the people I work with and the rest of London for staying so calm.

LINDA

I survived the Herald of Free Enterprise tragedy in 1987 and the best advice I can give anyone unfortunate enough to be caught up in yesterday's events is to talk about it! I promise that one day what you saw will fade and living will be easier. I am so proud of you all and the way the emergency services responded - as they always do.

JENNIFER MURPHY, ALBANY, NEW YORK

I'd just like to send my prayers and condolences to the citizens of the UK. Looking at the images of people walking out of the subway and trying to find a way home, reminded me very strongly of 9/11. I've even seen websites up listed as "7/7" and it brings back all those awful memories. I wish our country was actually making an effort to go after these terrorists instead of waging a war on people not involved. My prayers are with you all.

STUART McKENZIE, PERTH

I am a Scottish police officer currently working at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles, Perthshire. Over the past two days, police and protesters were enemies -- today, we stood together, side by side, in a unique and stunned silence as we learnt of the tragic events unfolding in London, both sides praying for those involved. We must not yield to the cowards who carried out these appalling attacks.

KERRY SMITH, BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO

My heart aches for the families that have lost loved ones today. This is just a brutal reminder that this could soon be a horrific reality in major cities in Canada if these barbaric acts are not stopped. I work at a major hospital in Toronto, and we are training for emergencies like this. I can only hope and pray that this is one skill we will never have to use.

RON KIVETT, LINCOLN, NEBRASKA

I think these attacks are horrific. There is no place for terrorists

in a modern society. I am planning to visit the UK and London in the

fall. My plans have not changed. If they were, the terrorists would

win. People everywhere should condemn these acts.

ABED EL MASRI, AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

This is a terrible act against humans in general and against all Muslims around the world. We condemn this act of terrorism and we hope it will stop forever and people all over the world live in peace.

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