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Giuliani praises 'resolute' London

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Giuliani said London's conduct during the Battle of Britain in 1940 had inspired him during the 9/11 attacks on New York.

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani has praised Londoners and the city's emergency services for their response to Thursday's bomb attacks.

Giuliani, who guided New York through the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, was staying at a hotel near Liverpool Street Station, close to where the first explosion occurred.

"The people of London acted in a very brave, very resolute, very determined way," Giuliani told CNN.

"The emergency services were right on top of it and they looked like they'd been very well trained. They looked as if they had prepared for the strong possibility that there would be these kind of bombings."

Giuliani was in England to address a local government conference on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.

He said he felt "great empathy and sadness" for the people of London, comparing their reaction to the conduct of an earlier generation during the Battle of Britain in 1940, which had inspired him following the 2001 attacks.

"They essentially thwarted what I believe the terrorists were trying to achieve which was to create chaos," said Giuliani.

"Instead they dealt with it how I imagine their parents, grandparents and great grandparents dealt with the Battle of Britain. They've let the terrorists know that ultimately they can't prevail over free people."

"We cannot let them affect our way of life and both the emergency services and the people of London gave a very strong example of that today."

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